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SOUTH AFRICA: Nestlé not abreast of infant formula shortage


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JOHANNESBURG, 15 August (PLUSNEWS) - The South African Department of Health has requested an urgent meeting on Tuesday with Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, to discuss a shortfall in the company's supply of infant formula.

Nestlé is currently the sole supplier of the infant formula, Pelargon, provided by the government to HIV-positive mothers as part of an effort to lower the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breastfeeding.

In a statement the health department said the company was experiencing challenges in delivering the formula due to internal industrial action earlier this year, and difficulties in distribution centres as a result of implementing new logistics practices.

The government has advised facilities with adequate supplies to support those suffering shortages.

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