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Lucrative corporate-political-scientific alliance revealed, working in the nutrition/malnutrition sector

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A British Medical Journal investigation has published findings that leading public health scientists working for the government-funded Human Nutrition Research (HNR) unit, who advise the government on nutrition, have received millions of pounds in research funding from food and drinks companies.

A total of almost £250,000 a year for the past decade has been given by companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Mars, and Nestlé.

So what’s new? Many scientists who advise the government have close links with interested nuclear, biotech, waste disposal, armaments and pharmaceutical companies.

revolving door peopleAnother case of the revolving door: Susan Jebb, a former HNR scientist is now chair of the food network for the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, lead or joint lead investigator on industry-funded research projects worth £1.37m between 2004 and 2015.

Last year it was reported that five of the eight members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which advises Public Health England and other government agencies and departments on nutrition and related health issues SACN’s carbohydrates working group had advised or consulted for the food and drinks industry, including Coca-Cola and Mars.


Mars, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Coca-Cola declined to comment.

Media sources:

The Scotsman,

The Telegraph

The FT

Relevant site links:

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h231

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hnrc/people/profile/john.mathers

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