Abbott achieved 14% compliance with the ATNI BMS methodology. This is in part because its own policy does not align closely to The Code and nor does the IFM RRC to which it subscribes. Its policy applies globally to infant formula but only in higher-risk countries to follow-on formula and complementary foods. Its policy does not apply to growing-up milks. It also does not pledge to follow its own commitments in countries where regulations are weaker than those commitments. Abbott states a policy commitment (via its support for IFM RRC) that acknowledges the importance of The Code but not subsequent WHA resolutions. It states support for exclusive breastfeeding up to six months and for introduction of appropriate complementary foods from six months of age, but not for continued breastfeeding for two years or beyond. The company does not currently have any joint ventures.
The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.
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