Was Sanlu advertising infant formula?


Heinz was prevented from advertising a change in its baby formula  which made some babies ill in New Zealand because of a code banning the advertsing of alternatives to breast milk.

But in China, where four babies have died and thousands are ill because of drinking infant formula poisoned by melamine, the Sunday Star Times (not on line) reports:

… breast feeding has gone out of fashion.

Most mothers return to work soon after giving birth. Few work places provide a private location for expressing breast milk. even mothers who do breastfeed often give formula as a supplement in the mistaken belief that their breast milk is not enough.

World Health Organisation guidelines which discourage advertisements for breast milk substitutes are generally strictly adhered to in developed countries. But are they everywhere?

There are many concerns over the way Fonterra has handled the problem of Sanlu, in which it has a 43% share, using contaminated milk in the production of infant formula. This report suggests we have reason to ask if the company breached WHO advertising standards too:

“. . .  and its advertising was famous for boasting that its formula underwent ‘1100 tests, safeguards the health care of babies and is trusted by mothers everywhere’.”

No company Fonterra is involved in would advertise breast milk substitutes in New Zealand. It should not allow any company it is involved with to do anything to get in the way of the message that breast milk is best for babies anywhere else either.

Tumeke! rankings


Kiwiblog deservedly retains first place in the Tumeke! blogosphere rankings for August.

Tim Selwyn  gets an electronic toast of gratitutde for the work he puts into calculating the rankings each month based on Alexa ranking, traffic, number of posts, links and comments.

Yesterday Kim Hill asked her guest Alastair Thompson, co-founder, co-editor and general manager of Scoop, what was the point of blogs.

One of my aunts suggested it’s the modern equivalent of pen friends and I guess having a willing writer is point enough. If what’s written attracts readers that’s better and if they leave comments that’s a bonus. 

Homepaddock moved up four places to 12th spot. I’m a willing writer, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without readers, comments and links, so thanks for your contribution.

Foot in mouth


Dirty driving


The Herald on Sunday  looks at who’s driving eelction strategy and discovers Helen Clark is Labour’s chief strategist:

But at the tactical level, some decisions are backfiring. Clark says the election is about “trust”. She reinforces that message by using “dog whistle” tactics which could have come from the Crosby Textor campaign textbook she usually decries.

. . . In the past she has deputed senior politicians such as Trevor Mallard or Phil Goff to be the party’s attack dogs and rark up her opponents, but this time she is getting into the gutter.

Another sign of depseration? Why would she risk so much by getting down and dirty if she had a cleaner alternative to winning?

48 more sleeps ….


… until the election and Labour’s reannounced old policy but is still not trusting us with new policy.

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