Tin of Crown Dia-G Morinaga baby formula milk powder, Japan, 1980

Six tins of infant food
1980 in Tokyo
Various tins of infant milk formula: Amulspray milk food

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Various tins of infant milk formula: Amulspray milk food
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Tin of Crown Dia-of Morinaga baby formula milk powder, by Morinaga Milk Industry Co. Ltd., Japan, 1980

The advertising and selling of baby milk formula to developing countries has been controversial for some time. Bottle fed babies are more likely to have diarrhoea, which causes dehydration. This can be fatal if vital fluids and salts in the body are not replaced. This tin was made in Japan and intended for the overseas market. The instructions for use are in English, French, Japanese and Arabic. But if a mother cannot read she cannot follow the instructions. Even if she can overcome the literacy barrier, there is no guarantee that she would have a clean water supply or the facilities to make up bottles.

Made by Morinaga Milk Industry in Japan, it is shown here with other milk powder products.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1981-1493 Pt6
tin (metal), paper (fibre product) and plastic (unidentified)
overall: 120 mm 105 mm, 0.132 kg
milk formula