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US giant Coca-Cola 'paid €8m to influence French health researchers'

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US giant Coca-Cola 'paid €8m to influence French health researchers'
Obesity is on the rise in France. Photo:AFP
08:29 CEST+02:00
US beverage giant Coca-Cola paid more than €8 million in France to health professionals and researchers in a bid to influence research,according to an investigation by French newspaper Le Monde published on Thursday.

The newspaper said the aim of the funds was to have research published that would divert attention away from the detrimental effect of sugary drinks on health.

Le Monde, in its front page story, said Coca-Cola paid more than "€8 million to experts, various medical organisations and also sporting and event organisations."

It said in France, as elsewhere, the financing fell under communication or sponsorship and not as authentic scientific work.

Coca-Cola has been under a similar spotlight before, after the New York Times in 2015 reported that the company gave financial backing to scientists who argued that having more exercise is more important to avoiding obesity than cutting calories.

In the outcry that followed that report, the firm promised to improve transparency and publish on its site the names of experts and activities it finances in the United States.

It did the same for France in 2016 following pressure from the NGO Foodwatch and it is this data that has been intensely analysed by Le Monde.

Le Monde said that as in the US, the company's financing is aimed at "making people forget the risks that come with consuming its drinks".

In a separate report, the Journal of Public Health Policy said Coca-Cola added multiple clauses to ensuring the research it funds produces the desired result.

These include preventing results that displease the company being published by reserving the right to break contracts without giving a reason.

 
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FrancoLion - 10 May 2019 20:20
Nearly everyone who "runs" today's giant corporations are literally and clinically "sociopaths." They are hired by OTHER sociopaths (large shareholders, Boards of Directors) whose SOLE interest is in gouging every possible penny from everyone else, regardless how that is done or what dire consequences may ensue (those only to "other" people, i.e. normal middle and working class "losers." "Losers" are defined as people lacking the merit and initiative to have inherited Daddy's wealth.
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