Interestingly, there are now pseudo-warning labels on chocolate bars in the UK I think (saying to enjoy responsibly or something like that - I ate one for breakfast while flying through Heathrow so maybe a UK Mama can contribute), in Canada there are warning labels on wine etc for pregnant Mamas, and our cigarette packs have major warning labels on them with pictures. So some countries are already moving in this direction.
I would (immediately) like to see a warning label on powdered formula saying that it is not sterile and to kill pathogenic bacteria it must be mixed with hot water. I guess that is a different issue though
But getting back to the original post, I would like to see Canada pass the Code into law. It would not affect the availability of formula, so babies would be safe from the carnation milk/corn syrup mix of old, but it would severely limit marketing - which has got to help.
For babies that require it, formula is food, not an unnecessary recreational substance. It's tricky when you start getting into food. If it's so bad for us, why does it exist? Because we're not in the business of disposing of free will in North America.
FTR, I wouldn't be opposed to warning labels on nacho cheez or chocolate bars, but I'm betting those that manufacture them would.
I would also love to see WHO code be brought into law with advertising and marketing restrictions. I would not be on board with outright health warning labels on infant formula. I would love to see it being treated more like a pharmaceutical than an equivalent to human milk.
I really do think we have to move away from advocating breastfeeding by vilifying formula. I also think that we need to stop the "breast is best" stuff. Breast is normal. It's not special, exceptional or superior. It's plain, old, default normal and that is how it should be. Formula was made for exceptional circumstances and special cases and not the other way around.