Sally J. Feltner, PhD, RDN
It’s the time of the year when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) has their annual meeting (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo) that features educational events for registered dietitians. Every year there has been criticism of AND and their corporate sponsors that include Abbott Nutrition, National Dairy Council, Coca-Cola Company Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness, General Mills, Kellogg Company, McCormick, PepsiCo, and Unilever. Many dietitians have expressed their disapproval of this practice and have organized a group called Dietitians for Professional Integrity (DFPI) which I support. Corporate associations in professional organizations and as well as in academia dilute research findings due to conflicts of interest. CLICK HERE.
Also check out the article on the American Heart Association and its associations with pharmaceutical companies and food companies HERE.
There is probably nothing that can be done about this as funding for research is fundamental for its existence. The important thing is for us to be aware of these affiliations in order to feel more (or less) confident that the study results and conclusions are solid and unbiased. Hopefully, the DFPI can make a difference.