Nestlé holds about 50% of the world's breast milk substitute market and isbeing boycotted for continued breaches of the 1981 WHO Code regulatingthe marketing of breast milk substitutes.Nestlé encourages bottle feeding primarily by either giving away free samplesof baby milk to hospitals, or neglecting to collect payments. It has beencriticised for misinforming mothers and health workers in promotionalliterature. Nestlé implies that malnourished mothers, and mothers of twinsand premature babies are unable to breastfeed, despite health organisationsclaims that there is no evidence to support this.Evidence of direct advertising to mothers has been found in over twentycountries such as South Africa and Thailand. Instructions and healthwarnings on packaging are often either absent, not prominently displayed orin an inappropriate language. All of these actions directly contravene theCode regulating the marketing of baby milk formulas.Even in the UK, bottle-fed babies are up to ten times more likely to developgastro intestinal infections, but in the Third World, where clean water maybe absent, mothers may be illiterate and independent health care and advicemay be lacking, bottle feeding can be more dangerous. This can lead to asituation where bavies are left vulnerable to dysentery, malnutrition anddeath, and Nestle is able to retain its estimated $4 billion market share inthe baby-milk industry.Exploiting employeesIn 1989 workers at a Nestlé chocolate plant in Cacapava, Brazil went onstrike. The wprkers compained of poor working conditions, includingdiscrimination against women, lack of protective clothing and inadequatesafety condition. Within two months of the beginning of the stike thecompany had sacked forty of its workers, including most of the strikeorganisers.