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Friday, March 15, 2019FOODTOBACCO

What do Kool-Aid and Marlboro have in common? The tobacco industry...

A new paper out this week in the BMJ reveals how the tobacco industry applied their marketing tactics to sugar sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into customers.

Nguyen Kim H, Glantz Stanton A, Palmer Casey N, Schmidt Laura A. Tobacco industry involvement in children’s sugary drinks market BMJ 2019; 364 :l736.

Kim H Nguyen of UCSF's Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and colleagues Laura Schmidt, Casey Palmer and Stanton Glantz dug into the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents to show that many of today’s leading children’s drink brands were once owned and developed by tobacco companies. The tobacco companies initially acquired soft drink brands to diversify and documents show they applied marketing strategies aimed at kids (colors, flavors, cartoon characters) to promote and develop the brands. Although the brands have since been sold to food companies, the marketing techniques remain in use.

New York Times piece on the article:
Jacobs, Andrew. How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks - New York Times, March 14, 2019


Example = The Evolution of Advertising for Hawaiian Punch
Evolution of advertising for Hawaiian Punch

Friday, February 22, 2019CHEMICALFOOD

28,000+ New Food and Chemical Industry Documents Uploaded

It's been a busy month for our Food Industry Documents Archive!
  • The New York Times Coca-Cola Collection contains 1700 documents with more to come. Donated by NYT journalist Anahad O'Connor, these documents shed light on the Coca Cola backed non-profit group Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), an organization that aimed to promote physical activity instead of reduced sugar consumption as a solution to chronic disease and obesity.
  • Over 23,000 new documents were added to the William Darby Papers Collection
  • 3,900 new documents were added to the Great Western Sugar Company Collection

Chemical Industry Documents Archive
We are pleased to announce the addition of the PFAS Collection to our Chemical Industry Documents Archive. This initial set of internal documents, donated by the film team behind "The Devil We Know," discuss the toxicity of C8, pending litigation, and DuPont's messaging around the exposure levels found in the buildings and surrounding areas.

Public Lectures/Talks
We had a number of well-attended and compelling talks showcasing our Food Industry and Chemical Industry Archives last year. We now have the videos of these public events posted permanently under Public Lectures on our Research Tools tab. We hope to continue to provide these talks as new collections and industry archives are added.

Bibliography Additions
New papers added to the Bibliography include:

  • Maani Hessari,Ruskin, McKee & Stuckler. Public Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC. Milbank Quarterly, 2019.
  • Crosbie, Bialous, Glantz. Memoranda of understanding: a tobacco industry strategy to undermine illicit tobacco trade policies. Tobacco Control, 2019.

Friday, January 25, 2019FOODTOBACCO

4,398 New Industry Documents Posted to the IDL

A total of 4398 new documents were added to the Industry Documents Library this week!

Tobacco Documents:
The 4266 Tobacco Industry Documents include:
  • 37 Philip Morris records
  • 4195 RJ Reynolds records
  • 20 Lorillard records
  • 3 B&W records
  • 11 American Tobacco records
Food Industry Documents:
We are excited to announce 132 documents in our new USRTK Food Industry Collection. This new document set includes correspondence among the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), governmental health organizations, and the Coca-Cola Company.
Thursday, December 13, 2018FOODTOBACCO

8790 New Industry Documents Posted

A total of 8,790 new industry documents were added to the IDL today: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Tobacco Industry Documents Bibliography update:
4 new papers and publications have been added to the bibliography including articles on menthol's use in recruiting and retaining young smokers in Singapore, TTCs in Paraguay, and the tobacco industry's influence on policies in Oklahoma.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018FOOD

Link to the recording of the UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive launch

On November 15th, the UCSF Industry Documents Library partnered with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies in an event to launch the new Food Industry Documents Archive. The link to the recording is now available!

The recording covers the full symposium and includes talks by author and NYU Professor Emerita Marion Nestle, UCSF faculty including Stan Glantz, Cristin Kearns, Kim Nguyen, and Laura Schmidt, and an introduction/walkthrough of the Food Industry Documents Archive.

The link to the event recording is here: https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPdSQGGMt89dFR4ozvuWC0nD1OBbE_9Jd
The photo gallery is here: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPRZfWsK3QUaxRLsi3cM4zIXuFbaoJbFZ3D6Wx1vQthO0VTQVhtH9VRU7hO1fq_bA?key=aEhYa3ZSd2FSZFJTMXhuQnZXYTdDbktRbTBiRHZ3

Tuesday, November 20, 2018TOBACCO

4500 New Tobacco Documents Uploaded

4,536 tobacco documents were loaded to the UCSF Truth Tobacco Industry Documents last week!

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Tobacco Documents Bibliography Update: 5 new papers and publications were added bringing the total number of citations to 990!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018FOOD

Announcing the UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive

The UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Food Industry Documents Archive, a brand new collection of over 30,000 documents related to the food industry and its impact on public health. These documents, now available online for the first time, highlight marketing, research, and policy strategies used by food companies and trade groups, and reveal the communications and connections between industry, academic, and regulatory organizations.

The Food Industry Documents Archive was created in collaboration with the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.

The Food Industry Documents were digitized and made available online through partnerships with other libraries, archives, and related organizations, bringing together historical and contemporary materials to support inquiry into long-standing industry practices. Major collections include:

The Braga Brothers Collection (2,801 Documents): Selected documents from the Braga Brothers Collection at the University of Florida. The principal holdings in this collection are the administrative records of Louis V. Placé, Jr., vice president of the W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining and Molasses Company, who also served on the executive committee of the Sugar Institute and later helped initiate the Sugar Research Foundation

DC Leaks Coca Cola Emails (346 Documents): internal emails obtained by DC Leaks, containing conversations between Coca Cola executives and Capricia Marshall, a communications consultant working with Coca Cola as well as the Clinton campaign, which describe a variety of strategies to defeat local and national public health policies regarding sugary beverages

Robert Shank Papers (17,969 Documents): Contains selected documents from the Robert E. Shank Papers housed at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University, St. Louis. Shank was associated with the formation of standards for minimum dietary allowances by the National Research Council Food and Nutrition Board and served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense, the Pan American Health Organization, several food industry associations and government-sponsored nutrition programs in Latin America

Additional collections will be added over the next year.

Topics include: the Sugar Research Foundation, the International Sugar Research Foundation, the Sugar Institute, cane and beet sugar production, sugar-sweetened beverages, sugared snack foods advertised to children, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the National Research Council Food and Nutrition Board.

These documents have been used as the source for a number of publications including:

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, by Marion Nestle
Mother Jones: Big Sugar’s Sweet Little Lies, by Gary Taubes and Cristin Kearns
New York Times: Sugar Industry Long Downplayed Potential Harms, by Anahad O’Connor

The Food Industry Documents Archive collection joins the existing Tobacco, Drug, and Chemical Industry Documents collections, allowing users to search across industries and identify common tactics used to sway scientific research, shape public opinion, and influence policies and regulations meant to protect public health.