We always enjoy Dr. Marion Nestle’s round-ups of food industry-sponsored studies with food industry-favorable results. A new edition was posted today.
Dr. Nestle writes:
“Here’s my latest collection of five research studies paid for by a food manufacturer who can use the study results for marketing purposes. My point: industry-sponsored studies invariably appear to favor the sponsor’s marketing interests.
I am not looking for sponsored studies in any systematic way. They just appear.
I very much would like to find sponsored studies that produce results contrary to the sponsor’s interests. If you see any, please send.”
It is also important to note that in a previous post on the topic, Dr. Nestle clarified that “ industry sponsorship does not necessarily mean that the reported conclusions are wrong. It just means that the papers require even more than the usual level of critical analysis.”
The newest round-up includes studies sponsored by PepsiCo, the International Food Information Council (IFIC, a food industry front group), Nestlé, DuPont, and the American Egg Board.
Two tidbits we want to point out about the IFIC study (which argues that added sugar labeling will confuse consumers — music to industry’s ears!):
1) It was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2) Although the study’s authors work for IFIC (which receives support from General Mils, Kellogg, and The Hershey Company, to name a few), “no potential conflict of interest was reported by the authors.” Really?