I love Nestle chocolate. And until recently, I did not realize that Nestle owned many other companies outside of the food industry, such as Garnier and the Body Shop. However, what I found most shocking is that the Nestle is one of the biggest baby food producers in the world. And even more surprising: for the past forty years, they have been considered one of the most aggressive and unethical baby food companies in the industry.
Nestle is guilty of dishonest advertising and misleading customers. They are responsible for risking the lives of many children by falsely promoting their own infant formula over breastfeeding. By doing so, nestle is responsible for many babies illnesses and deaths in developing countries. Their marketing campaign hooked many mothers in third world countries on their formula, which was less healthy for children and more expensive. Furthermore, the formula is required to be mixed with water, but many women in developing countries do not have access to clean water, and by mixing the contaminated water with the formula the child was not receiving the nutrients he or she required. The company is also accused of neglecting to include instructions and health warnings on their formula, or not including them in the appropriate languages.
This news has completely altered my opinion about the company. Many companies stretch the truth or falsely advertise to sell their products, but when a company is killing millions of children from their formula a line has been crossed. Many people have been boycotting the company for years, but very little has been done to eradicate this problem.