Dr. Marion Nestle shares the latest developments in the “Coke science” saga:
“Yesterday, Senator Richard Blumenthal sent letters to the University of Colorado, West Virginia University, and the University of South Carolina urging them to clarify the nature of the University’s relationship with projects funded by Coca-Cola and to review the academic integrity of such grant agreements.”
One of the points Blumenthal makes:
“I believe your university must determine whether this research is in effect promoting a predisposed and biased agenda, rather than reflecting the impartiality and objectively (sic) expected from a public academic institution.
Years of litigation with tobacco companies were necessary to fully expose the tragic public health consequences when companies lie about the hazards of the products they sell. I am deeply concerned that we may force future generations to relive this history if corporate-sponsored studies devoid of scientific integrity are permitted once again to deceptively downplay and conceal the dangers of a product consumed on a mass scale.”
As Dr. Nestle notes, “do not underestimate Senator Blumenthal’s ability to deal with food companies. He, you may recall, was responsible for withdrawal in 2009 of the ill-conceived Smart Choices program during his stint as Connecticut’s attorney general.”
While countless health professionals and organizations decry the Global Energy Balance Network’s obfuscation of science, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics carries on listing the Coca-Cola Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness as a “proud sponsor”. Does AND leadership not see how this discredits the RD credential we have all worked so hard to earn?