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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

Coca-Cola`s spin doctor quits after emails leaked
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Coca-Cola`s spin doctor quits after emails leaked image

The senior Coca-Cola executive who arranged donations to Simon Singh`s Sense About Science`a charity that subsequently published a report that sugary drinks don`t cause obesity has been forced to step down after her emails were made public

Rhona Applebaum, Coca-Cola's Chief Science & Health Officer, has taken "immediate retirement" after the Associated Press published her emails to another lobby group, the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), which had received $1.5m donations from the drinks conglomerate.

Sense About Science had been given donations of £20,000. GEBN promotes the idea that lack of exercise, and not sugary drinks and colas, is the primary cause of obesity. A similar line was taken by Sense About Science, which discredited a major study that had found that 184,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to sugary drinks.

Its conclusions were tweeted by Applebaum, who had attended a Sense About Science meeting in the US. The group also 'corrected' a newspaper columnist, who had said—rightly—that sugar causes and feeds cancer. Again, Ms Applebaum re-tweeted the group's comment.


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