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Emails between Coca-Cola industry advocate and CDC director point to possible political sway | PhillyVoice

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In this July 9, 2015, file photo, bottles of Coca-Cola are on display at a Haverhill, Mass., supermarket.

June 30, 2016
Emails between Coca-Cola industry advocate and CDC director point to possible political sway
Philadelphia recently imposed a soda tax partially as a means to discourage consumption of beverages seen as unhealthy
Politics Soda Tax Philadelphia Emails Controversies
By Elisa Lala
PhillyVoice Staff

Email correspondence obtained by the nonprofit consumer education group U.S. Right to Know allegedly reveals how a leading Coca-Cola and food industry representative garnered help from a top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in hopes of getting into the ears of World Health Organization officials.

The emails were between Dr. Barbara Bowman, director of the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and Alex Malaspina, a former Coca-Cola scientific and regulatory affairs leader and the founder of a food industry-funded group, International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).

They allegedly show Bowman's multiple attempts to aid Malaspina's relationship with WHO leaders whose actions (think soda tax) were hurting the beverage industry.

According to the report, Bowman – whose job is to try to help prevent obesity, diabetes and other health problems – "appeared happy to help the beverage industry cultivate political sway with the World Health Organization."

http://www.phillyvoice.com/emails-between-coca-cola-industry-advocate-and-cdc-director-point-possible-political-sway/

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