Scientists’ Ties to Food Industry Raise Questions in Europe

Scientists' Ties to Food Industry Raise Questions in Europefrom One scientist who advised Europe’s food safety regulators about animal feed additives sits on the board of a foundation backed by the dairy industry. Another who gave advice on food contaminants received research support from lobbyists for the American and European chemical industries. A third scientist who headed an advisory panel on nutrition and dietetic products presided for years over the management board of an industry-backed research group. Nearly 60 percent of the scientists used as consultants by the European Food Safety Authority, or E.F.S.A., have direct or indirect ties to industries regulated by the agency, according to a report from the Corporate Europe Observatory, an advocacy group that criticizes corporate influence on public policy.

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