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The boycott began in 1977, when the marketing of Nestle’s infant formula was linked to disease and death in Third World babies. In 1984 Nestle agreed not to distribute free samples in hospitals and to attach hazard warnings on formula labels. But in some countries, says UNICEF, Nestle hasn’t lived up to the agreement.


The boycott prompted congressional hearings, which compelled Nestle to negotiate. The boycott was called off in 1984. But New Haven-based Action for Corporate Accountability revived it in 1988 after monitors found marketing violations. Nestle, which controls half the world’s infant-formula market, declined to comment.

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