by Daniel Barker, Natural News:
According to its mission statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “conducts critical science” to protect Americans against health threats. But can an agency with deep ties to various industries really conduct research and formulate policy in a critical, unbiased manner?
The Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) says no.
In fact, the ANH-USA has repeatedly uncovered evidence of industry influence on the agency – for example, that of food corporation giant Coca-Cola. Barbara Bowman, director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, recently resigned her post at the CDC after her long-term connection with Coca-Cola was made public. Bowman was once a senior nutritionist at Coca-Cola, and has been accused of granting favors to a lobby group backed by the beverage maker.
According to ANH-USA, Coca-Cola was able
– with Bowman’s help – to influence the setting of WHO sugar limits.
Now, the ANH-USA reports that a group of ethically-minded scientists within the CDC have sent a letter to the CDC chief of staff voicing their concerns regarding rampant corporate influence over the agency. (RELATED: Find more news about government corruption at Corruption.news)
CDC SPIDER exposes influence from ‘outside parties and rogue interests’
The group calls itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence, and Ethics in Research (CDC SPIDER), and the introduction of their letter reads as follows:
“We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception.”
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