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Uganda: Advertising Formula Milk Illegal - Government

The Ministry of Health has warned manufacturers of formula milk against advertising. Offenders risk imprisonment for up to two years, heavy fines or a ban of their products. Tabley Bakyaita, a food fortification programme official, said the promotion of products that substitute breast milk such as infant formula, cereals and juices was discouraging mothers from breastfeeding.

"The international code of marketing breast milk substitutes stipulates that there should be no promotion of breast milk substitutes, bottles and teats," he said.

"Advertising could be in the form of printing pictures of healthy babies on the formula milk tins and providing free samples to mothers. We also demand that the manufacturers indicate that breastfeeding is the best food for babies on their packaging."

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