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8. Health care system.-

(1) No person shall use any health care system for the display of placards or posters relating to, or for the distribution of, materials for the purpose of promoting the use or sale of infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods: Provided that the provisions of this sub-section shall not apply to-

(a) the donation or distribution of informational or educational equipment or material made in accordance with the proviso to clause (b) of section 5; and

(b) the dissemination of information to a health worker about the scientific and factual matters relating to the use of infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods along with the information specified in sub-section (1) of section 7.

(2) No person who produces, supplies, distributes or sells infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods shall make any payment to any person who works in the health care system for the purpose of promoting the use or sale of such substitutes or bottles or foods.

(3) No person, other than a health worker, shall demonstrate feeding with infant milk substitutes or infant foods to a mother of an infant or to any member of her family and such health worker shall also clearly explain to such mother or such other member the hazards of improper use of infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods.

(4) No person, other than an institution or organisation, engaged in health care for mothers, infants or pregnant women, shall distribute infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles to a mother who cannot resort to breast-feeding and who cannot afford to purchase infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles.

(5) An orphanage may purchase infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles at a price lower than their sale price for the purpose of utilising them in the said orphanage. Explanation.-For the purposes of this sub-section, such purchases shall not amount to an inducement for promoting the use or sale of infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles.

1. Subs. by Act 38 of 2003, s. 6, for "infant milk substitute" (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).

2. Subs. by s. 7, ibid., for "Every educational or other material" (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).

3. Ins. by s. 7, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).

4. Subs. by s. 7, ibid., for "feeding bottles" (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).



Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992 Back




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