Nestle responses to accusation of inconsistencies in its health claims

The Changing Markets Foundation report which is aimed at assessing whether Nestle products are science based, found many inconsistencies across its range of formula products.

Campaigns director at the Changing Markets Foundation, Nusa Urbancic says the survey looked at over 70 Nestle products in 40 countries, and found that the company contradicts its own advice which casts doubt on the credibility of some of its health claims.

For example in Brazil and Hong Kong their label on infant formular says that avoiding sucrose consumption in first years of life supports good dietary habits but in the same time we found products in South Africa that contains sucrose, contradicting its own dietary advise.

Nusa Urbancic, Campaigns Director at the Changing Markets Foundation

She says in Hong Kong one of the products is marketed as healthier for not having ‘any added vanilla flavour or flavourings for baby’s good growth' but found several Nestlé products that contain vanilla compounds in South Africa.

Our report concluded that Nestle is not based on science as it claims but makes its claims based on marketing purposes.

Nusa Urbancic, Campaigns Director at the Changing Markets Foundation

Corporate Affairs Director at Nestle, Ravi Pillay says Nestle does not use sugar in its products for 0 - 6 months category.

He says sucrose is found in about 10% of their products globally and they are looking at eliminating the use of sucrose in all their products by the end of 2018.

We are voluntarily eliminating sucrose from all our follow up formulas and this will be completed in 2018

Ravi Pillay, Corporate Affairs Director at Nestle

To hear more of Nestle's response to these accusations, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Nestle responses to accusation of inconsistencies in its health claims


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