Nestle Scraps Milk Deal With Mugabe Farms

Critics threatened company boycott over 'blood milk'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 8:39 AM CDT
President Robert Mugabe talks to his wife Grace, at the launch of his party's manifesto and campaign in Harare, Friday, Feb. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – Nestle will stop buying milk from Zimbabwean farms seized by the wife of Robert Mugabe after human rights advocates called for an international boycott of the Swiss conglomerate's products. The leader of a South African right group tells the Telegraph he's happy Nestle was giving up "blood milk." Grace Mugabe took control of the farms after the original white owners were forced out.

Nestle insisted that it purchased directly from Mugabe's land only on a temporary arrangement as Zimbabwe's dairy industry collapsed—part of a wider agricultural and economic disaster brought on by land seizures and economic mismanagement. A Nestle official acknowledged "a fair amount of international pressure, particularly in the UK and in South Africa," on the issue.