A total of 11 incidences of non-compliance were found relating to Nestlé India’s 11 products. Two of the products assessed appeared to be parallel imports. Therefore, these products’ labels did not comply with Indian regulatory requirements; they omitted the words on the front of the packs in capital letters in 5mm letters saying “Important Notice: Mother’s milk is best for your baby”. Two examples of informational or educational materials produced by the company were found in a healthcare facility. While no adverts or other forms of promotion were found in ‘bricks and mortar’ retail stores, promotions were found in one online store for each of Nestlé India’s Lactogen products (Stage 1,2,3 and 4) and its NanPro 1, 2 and 3 products. However, it is not possible to determine whether Nestlé India or the retailer initiated these promotions. Moreover, when the researchers clicked on the products, they were all indicated to be ‘out of stock’.
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