CDC Official Departing Amid Questions Over Links to Soda Industry

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Catherine Boudreau, Politico, July 1, 2016

A director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reportedly announced she is leaving the agency, a move that came two days after the group U.S. Right to Know published a story in The Huffington Post revealing emails that connected the public health official to a former Coca-Cola scientific and regulatory affairs leader. Barbara Bowman, director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, announced her departure in an email to colleagues that said she decided to retire last month, reported U.S. Right to Know, which advocates on agricultural issues like mandatory GMO labeling and against synthetic pesticides. The group obtained e-mails through a FOIA request that detailed how Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola official who founded the International Life Sciences Institute, received advice from Bowman about who to contact to cultivate a better relationship with the World Health Organization. Read the blog post here.

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