Is the CDC Too Cozy with Coke?

Coca-Cola staff tried to leverage personal relationships at the CDC to fight soda taxes, influence the WHO and solicit advice, according to emails cited in research published yesterday in The Milbank Quarterly
The emails sent between 2011-2017 raise questions about whether health agencies should avoid partnerships with industry players. Both based in Atlanta, CDC and Coke arranged visits at the soda giant’s HQ.
This is just the latest example of industry courting controversial relationships with officials, notes Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health. Of the extent of the Coke/CDC connection, Siegel says, “Frankly, it's a little bit scary."

Thanks for the tip, Heath Elliott!

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