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Cow & Gate in the McSpotlight

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Cow & Gate are among a number of babymilk companies who regularly violate the WHO code of conduct which was produced to regulate the marketing of babymilk formulas in developing countries.

Cow & Gate is part of the babymilk industry.


It is not only the specific practices of individual companies that cause problems. The attitudes created by the currrent system of exploitation gives power and profits to the few, at the expense of people, animals and the environment. It is important to expose the unethical practices of specific companies as their behaviour is often indicative of the entire system.

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Irresponsible Marketing

Irresponsible marketing

Unigate associate company Nutricia is listed as a frequent violator of the WHO Code by promoting baby milk in healthcare facilities and to health workers, and giving free samples or supplies.

Their Cow & Gate Plus products used pictures of babies on labelling in Sierra Leone in 1990, and carried no health warning or reference to advice from health workers.

[The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping  published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association. ]

Credits and References: Most of the information in this section was taken from The Ethical Consumer Guide to Everyday Shopping  published by the Ethical Consumer Research Association. 

Opposition and Campaigns

Exploitation and profiteering do not need to exist. A better way of running our lives can be created based on the sharing of resources and on respect for each other and for nature. Increasingly people are questioning and challenging those with power and are seeking alternatives. Let's hope it's possible to make a difference.

Company Profile
Products and brandnames:

Cow & Gate babymilk formula
Postal address(es):
V B Nutricia: NL-2700 MA Zoetermeer
Rokkeveenseweg 49
The Netherlands

Unigate : Unigate House
Western Avenue
W3 0SH

Cow & Gate Nutricia Ltd.
Whitehorse Business Park
Trowbridge, Wilts BA 14 OXQ
United Kingdom
Phone number(s):
+31 79 3539000 (Netherlands HQ)
+44 1225 768381 (Cow & Gate UK)

Fax number(s):
+31 79 3539620 (Netherlands HQ)
+44 1225 768847 (Cow & Gate UK)

Online presence:

Email address(es): postmaster@nutricia.com
Website(s):http://www.nutricia.com/ ; http://www.unigate-dairies.co.uk/
Domain name(s): nutricia.com

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