Public Health

Marketing nutrition

Print edition : July 26, 2013

At the India lunch of the 2013 Lancet series in New Delhi on June 28. (From left) Venkatesh Mannar of the Micronutrient Initiative, Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, lead author of the series Robert E. Black, and senior research fellow, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute, Harold Alderman.

Mothers holding their new-born babies at a relief camp in Assam. Indian health experts have pointed out that the section in the series on acute malnutrition will create intense pressure to introduce into the country ready-to-use food and ready-to-use supplementary food marketed by multinational corporations. Photo: ritu raj konwar

The Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition sees a role for the private sector and complementary food in nutrition-specific interventions, but health experts warn that its recommendations, if adopted, may allow commercial exploitation of malnutrition.
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