Fw: Widely-Covered Sugar Article Draws Strong Response from Industry

18. Juni 2015

Kai Müller



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Sugar Article Garners Widespread Coverage, Draws Strong Response from Industry

A PLOS Medicine article on the influence of the sugar industry on national dental health research and policy sparked comments from representatives of the sugar industry, the authors and readers. Since publication in March, the article has amassed more than 23,000 views and 1,700 downloads, and garnered widespread media coverage by NPR, The Washington PostTime and Salon.com.

In the article, researchers at the University of California San Francisco reported on more than a decade long effort in the 1960s and 1970s by the sugar industry to influence research programs of the National Institute of Dental Research, similar to the tobacco industry’s efforts to influence federally funded tobacco research programs.

Internal documents obtained from the cane and beet sugar industry and the National Institute of Dental Research revealed a collaborative effort to shift the research agenda away from reducing sugar consumption and toward mitigating its harm.

Sugar Interests Respond; Authors Rebut

In a pointed and well-referenced comment covering science and policy, the World Sugar Research Organization claims omissions and speculation by the authors. The authors’ rebuttal closes with a recommendation for scrutiny of industry opposition to current policy proposals.

Read the debate and decide for yourself. 

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