HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 c502W
Mrs. Brooke

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that jars of babyfood are labelled such that breastfeeding is encouraged for six months rather than four. [142587]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Current European Commission legislation provides that weaning foods may be labelled as suitable for infants from four months of age. This is due to be reviewed in the new year in light of the World Health Assembly (WHA)) Resolution 54.2 on Infant and Child Nutrition to strengthen activities and develop new approaches to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding for six months. The Government supported the WHA resolution and will be supporting measures to achieve this including the appropriate labelling of weaning foods.

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