UNICEF HK supports the voluntary code of on the marketing of formula milk and food products for infant & young children

 

UNICEF HK supports the voluntary code of on the marketing of formula milk and food products for infant & young children

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HONG KONG, 20 March 2017 — The Legislative Council Panel on Health Services today discussed the Hong Kong Code of Marketing of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants & Young Children (HK Code). This voluntary code is to protect breastfeeding and support the optimal feeding of infants and young children aged below 36 months.

The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) submitted its opinion to the health panel to express appreciation to the Government’s effort in drafting the HK Code, which is adapted from the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes advocated by UNICEF and World Health Organization.

Jane Lau, Chief Executive of UNICEF HK said, “Every child deserves a healthy start in life; hence every mother deserves to have access and exposure to impartial information to make the best choice on how her baby is fed. We hope there will be more support to the HK Code for the well-being of every child in Hong Kong, and for the public health of our society.”

UNICEF HK promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding in Hong Kong. We promote ‘Say Yes to Breastfeeding’ and supports Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Hong Kong Association to help mothers initiate and sustain breastfeeding.

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