US Right to Know Food Industry Collection
The USRTK Food Industry Collection contains documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and state public records requests.
The collection includes:
- Correspondence among the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), governmental health organizations, and the Coca-Cola Company, regarding specific research and research methods; managing reactions and responses to news or actions perceived as negative to Coca-Cola’s business; working collaboratively on obesity issues and consumer choices; forming beneficial connections with officials at WHO; thanks and acknowledgment for support and guidance among Coke executives and CDC officials.
- Records that document activities of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a global organization funded by large multinational food and beverage companies, including Coca-Cola. ILSI was founded in 1978 by Alex Malaspina, a vice president at Coca-Cola. The communications between ILSI and academic researchers at U.S. universities illustrate the vast complex network connecting for-profit food and beverage companies with scientific experts who produce research and recommendations affecting government policy and regulation.