John Bolton’s record on the marketing of baby foods

John Bolton, President Trump’s new national security adviser is  considered by many to be the man most likely to lead the US into war.   The New York Times:  “Mr. Bolton, in particular, believes the United States can do what it wants without regard to international law, treaties or the political commitments of previous administrations.”

For those of us following the US position regarding the International Code and baby food marketing, its worth looking back at his record here as well.   Here is an article from 2005 about his efforts to oppose the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in the early 1980s.

U.N. nominee faces new allegations of verbal abuse   

Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY 24th April 2005

WASHINGTON … Democrats in Congress released a letter from a woman saying she was verbally abused by Bolton more than 20 years ago … Lynne Finney, a former legal adviser to the U.S. Agency … wrote that Bolton “screamed that I was fired” when she refused to lobby for a weakening of restrictions on the sale of infant formula in the developing world.
…  the incident took place in late 1982 or early 1983, when Bolton, as the top lawyer at USAID, outranked Finney.

… Finney wrote that Bolton approached her because she was a member of the U.S. delegation to the governing council of the U.N. Development Program. “He said he understood that I had established good working relationships with delegates from other countries,” she wrote. “He wanted me to convince those delegates to weaken the U.N. code restricting marketing and promotion of infant formula in developing countries.”

Finney said she refused, citing studies showing that use of formula was killing babies in the developing world because it was overly diluted or mixed with dirty water.

Bolton “shouted that Nestlé (a maker of formula) was an important company and that he was giving me a direct order from President Reagan,” she wrote. When she still refused, “he screamed that I was fired.”

 

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