Coca-Cola and Pepsi suspected in lobbying medical organizations

Coca-Cola and Pepsi suspected in lobbying medical organizationsAbout 100 US medical associations have received money from the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo for their help in lobbying the interests of producers of soft drinks.

The researchers at Boston University Daniel Aaron and Michael Siegel published their study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine journal suggesting the companies also used a good relationship with health care organizations to improve the image of their brands.

The research based on an analysis of sponsorship and donor contracts of both companies with non-governmental health organizations.

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo from 2011 to 2015 led the campaign against the 29 bills aimed to reduce the consumption of soda drinks in the United States, according to researches.

Scientists say that Coca-Cola and Pepsi spend annually on such activities a total of $ 9 million.

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo have not commented on the study to the request issued by The Washington Post.

The American Beverage Manufacturers Association stated that the companies belonging to the association, are closely concerned with public health and have a long tradition to support the corresponding organizations.
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