Confronting potential food industry ‘front groups’: IFIC case study

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New study in Globalization and Health

Results

We identified 75 documents which evidence that prominent individuals with long careers in the food industry view IFIC as designed to: 1) advance industry public relations goals; 2) amplify the messages of industry-funded research organizations; and 3) place industry approved experts before the press and media, in ways that conceal industry input. We observed that there were in some cases efforts made to conceal and dilute industry links associated with IFIC from the public’s view.

Conclusions

IFIC’s promotion of evidence for the food industry should be interpreted as marketing strategy for those funders. Effective science communication may be obfuscated by undeclared conflicts of interests.

See also the U.S.Right to Know fact sheet on the International Food Information Council: IFIC: How Big Food Spins Bad News about Pesticides, Sweeteners and Processed Foods

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