Date Published: January 9, 2007
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Martijn B Katan
Abstract: Drug companies have tried to influence the scientific record so as to make their products look healthier. Are food companies doing the same?
Partial Text: The commercial success of foods depends more and more on what science says about the effects of these foods on health. Drug companies have tried to influence the scientific record so as to make their products look healthier [1,2]; are food companies doing the same? In a study published in PLoS Medicine, Lesser et al.  investigated this by analyzing 206 publications on the health effects of milk, soft drinks, and fruit juices. Twenty-four of these studies had been funded solely by the industry whose product was investigated, while 52 of the papers declared that they had had no industrial support. The other papers had mixed support or did not declare sponsorship.