Conflicts of Interest in the WIC Program
Conflicts of Interest occur when there is a risk that a primary interest of an individual or agency might be unduly influenced by other incompatible interests. The U.S. government’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC. supports feeding with infant formula on a large scale, providing more than half the formula used in the U.S. at no cost to the families. That is a conflict of interest because promoting the use of infant formula benefits corporations while putting infants at significantly higher risk to their health when compared with breastfeeding.
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