Coca-Cola’s Research Contracts Allowed for Quashing Negative Health Findings, Study Finds

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Mari A. Schaefer, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 8, 2019

As the debate over the health impact of sweetened beverages continues, some research studies are funded by beverage makers themselves. And several clauses in contracts between Coca-Cola and health researchers at public universities in the U.S. and Canada could have allowed the soda giant to “quash” the findings, a new study found.

While researchers did not find any firm examples of Coca-Cola suppressing unfavorable findings, study authors said that “what is important is that the provision exists.” The paper was published Tuesday in the Journal of Public Health Policy.

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