MAY 1982 - VOLUME 3 - NUMBER 5
Wyeth's Record in Asia
Wyeth Nutritionals is "one of the worst" violators of the World Health Organization's marketing code for infant formula, says Doug Clement, coordinator of the Infant Formula Action Coalition's international program, and a staffer on the International Baby Food Action Network, comprised of about 40 organizations in 55 countries.
Wyeth has not agreed to abide by the World Health Organization's code prohibiting aggressive marketing of the milk substitute.
"I just came back from two months of research in Asia, Clement says, "and I was impresssed by [Wyeth's] disregard for the code's guidelines."
Wyeth, the "second largest company in overall exports" of infant formula, says Clement, has committed a number of violations of the World Health Organization's code:
Clement claims, moreover, that in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, Wyeth has been "aggressively lobbying the governments and the ministries to adopt national legislation which is substantially weaker than the World Health Organization code."
Wyeth's vice president for corporate and government affairs, Steven Bauer, when informed of Clement's charges, said that "when they send us the important facts and documentation, we will examine them carefully." Wyeth adheres to policies that are "entirely appropriate," in regards to product samples, promotional material, and professional representatives, Bauer said.