Coca-Cola funds health research—and can kill the studies it doesn’t like
Coca-Cola has spent millions of dollars on scientific research in the past decade, and the funds they provide have led to hundreds of scientific studies. In 2016, the company released a list of principals for research that it funds after criticism of their practices, which include mention that scientists have “full control over the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of research.”
However, despite that list, research agreements between Coca-Cola and academic researchers often includes provisions that allow the company to review and exert varying amounts of control over the results of the studies they fund, according to an analysis published this week in the Journal of Public Health Policy.
A team of researchers submitted requests under freedom of information laws in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Denmark to obtain documents around Coca-Cola’s work with academic institutions. Those requests pulled back over 87,000 pages of documents, including five research agreements made between the company and universities.
Reported By Popular Science