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Canadian Food Information Council: Not What It Pretends To Be

It seems that the Canadian Food Information Council which bills itself as a "national not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the health and scientific community" is hiding the fact that it is an organization founded and funded by the major food corporations. Statements issued by the Council support food industry positions and do not disclose it's sponsorship by the likes of Monsanto, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Kellogg and Kraft and others.

Bill Jeffery, policy analysts with the Ottawa based Centre for Science in the Public Interest notes, "journalists and the public are deceived when industry creates phony organizations that pretend to be objective. It would be more accurate to say that it is an industry organization that works in partnership with food companies to `handle' the press and the public."

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