Section 7 in The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992

Title: Educational and other materials relating to feeding of infants to contain certain particulars

Description: (1) 1[Every educational or other material including advertisements or material relating to promotion of infant milk substitutes, feeding bottles and infant foods], whether audio or visual, dealing with pre-natal or post-natal care or with the feeding of an infant and intended to reach pregnant women or mothers of infants shall include clear information relating to— (a) the benefits and superiority of breast-feeding; (b) the preparation for, and the continuance of, breast-feeding; (c) the harmful effects on breast-feeding due to the partial adoption of bottle feeding; (d) the difficulties in reverting to breast-feeding of infants after a period of feeding by infant milk substitute; (e) the financial and social implications in making use of infant milk substitutes and feeding bottles; (f) the health hazards of improper use of infant milk substitutes and feeding bottles; 2[(fa) the date of printing and publication of such material and the name of the printer and publisher;] (g) such other matters as may be prescribed. (2) No material referred to in sub-section (1) shall be utilised to promote the use or sale of infant milk substitutes or 3[feeding bottles or infant foods]. 1. Subs. by s. 7, ibid., for "Every educational or other material" (w.e.f. 1-11-2003). 2. Ins. by s. 7, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-11-2003). 3. Subs. by s. 7, ibid., for "feeding bottles" (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).

Title: Health care system

Description: (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.

Title: Inducement to health worker for promoting use of infant milk substitutes, etc

Description: (1) No person who produces, supplies, distributes or sells infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods shall offer or give, directly or indirectly, any financial inducements or gifts to a health worker or to any member of his family for the purpose of promoting the use of such substitutes or bottles or foods. 1[(2) No producer, supplier or distributor referred to in sub-section (1), shall offer or give any contribution or pecuniary benefit to a health worker or any association of health workers, including funding of seminar, meeting, conference, educational course, contest, fellowship, research work or sponsorship.] 1. Subs. by Act 38 of 2003, s. 8, for sub-section (2) (w.e.f. 1-11-2003).

Title: Special provision relating to employees of person who produces, supplies, distributes or sells infant milk substitutes, etc

Description: (1) No person who produces, supplies, distributes or sells infant milk substitutes or feeding bottles or infant foods shall fix the remuneration of any of his employees or give any commission to such employees on the basis of the volume of sale of such substitutes or bottles or foods made by such employees. (2) The employees of such person shall not perform any function which relates to educating a pregnant woman or mother of an infant on pre-natal or post-natal care of the infant.

Title: Standards of infant milk substitutes, feeding bottles or infant foods

Description: (1) No person shall sell or otherwise distribute any infant milk substitute or infant food unless it conforms to the standards, specified for such substitute or food under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 (37 of 1954), and the rules made thereunder and the container thereof has the relevant Standard Mark specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards established under section 3 of the Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986 (63 of 1986) to indicate that the infant milk substitute or infant food conforms to such standards: Provided that where no standards have been specified for any infant milk substitute or infant food under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 (37 of 1954), no person shall sell or otherwise distribute such substitute or food unless he has obtained the approval of the Central Government in relation to such substitute or food and the label affixed to the container thereof under the rules made under that Act. (2) No person shall sell or otherwise distribute any feeding bottle unless it conforms to the Standard Mark specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards referred to in sub-section (1) for feeding bottles and such mark is affixed on its container.

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