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Dietitians Take Aim at Food Industry Sponsorships

(MedPage Today) Andy Bellatti has been troubled by some of the continuing education programs he's seen at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting.
Registered dietitians have been able to earn educational credits for sitting in on a session sponsored by Frito Lay to discuss the whole-grain benefits of Sun Chips, or for listening to the Corn Refiners Association promote high-fructose corn syrup as healthy, he said.
"We've seen blatant examples of industry co-opting science," Bellatti, a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition, told MedPage Today in a phone interview. "Most of the American public has no idea that its national nutrition organization has McDonald's and Coca-Cola educating its professionals."
That's why Bellatti and 14 other dietitians formed Dietitians for Professional Integrity (DFPI) more than a year ago. They're opposed to what Bellatti calls the nation's top junk-food companies -- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg, General Mills, Kraft Foods, Nestle, McDonald's, and so on -- sponsoring the country's largest nutrition organization.
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