May 11th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Coca-Cola—the world’s top-selling manufacturer of soft drinks—has announced efforts to target the growing obesity epidemic by encouraging physical activity and plans to cease marketing efforts directed towards children under the age of 12.
Read More:Can Coca-Cola Cure Obesity?
March 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Cancer has been linked to countless triggers from pesticides to cigarettes to ingredients found in soda. The artificial sweetener aspartame’s controversial connection to cancer has long been debated since Coca-Cola first added it to Diet Coke in 1983. And recent issues with 4-MI (also 4-MEI), found in the artificial color added to Coca-Cola and other popular brands of soda products, have forced the company to make major shifts in order to avoid adding a cancer warning to products’ labels.
Read More:Coca-Cola Narrowly Avoids ‘May Cause Cancer’ Warning Label
January 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Coca-Cola is reportedly the company responsible for alerting the FDA to detectable levels of carbendazim—a fungicide used on citrus—in its and competing brands of orange juice and orange juice concentrates.
Read More:Coca-Cola Alerts USDA to Tainted Orange Juice, Imports Stop
June 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A story appearing on the ABC news website on June 21 reveals that major U.S. snack companies are paying experts to “debunk” scientific research studies linking their products to negative health effects like the rising number of cases of childhood obesity and diabetes.
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May 1st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Pressure from a number of shareholders demanding a plan of action by the Coca-Cola Company to eliminate bisphenol-A (BPA) from its soda can linings was not met with empathy at Wednesday’s company meeting in Atlanta.
Read More:Coca-Cola Rejects Shareholder Resolution on Eliminating BPA, Says ‘Science Isn’t There’
April 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Coca-Cola, the number one selling brand of soft drinks in the world, is under pressure to publicize a plan of action over shareholder concerns about bisphenol A (BPA), a toxin found in plastic bottles and can linings, which make up a core market segment of the manufacturer’s offerings.
Read More:Coca-Cola Shareholders Demand Answers on BPA in Packaging
March 1st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Coca-Cola and Heinz Partner in Eco ‘PlantBottle’
November 7th, 2009 - Barbara Feiner
Sugary soft drinks are nutritionally bankrupt beverages that contribute to obesity, diabetes and rotting teeth. So, why is the American Academy of Family Physicians—a professional organization that boasts of representing more than 94,600 U.S. doctors—crawling into bed with Coca-Cola?
As reported Thursday by Associated Press Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner, the AAFP has signed a six-figure deal with Coke dealers to “fund educational materials about soft drinks.”
“We’ve made a conscious choice to diversify our revenue,” said AAFP President-Elect Lori Heim, MD, in a press statement.
As a result, some family doctors are canceling their memberships—the only sane bit of news in this story. One can only hope the rest of America’s family docs will protest the alliance and, if rebuffed, follow suit.
FYI: Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent thinks his carbonated cans of empty calories are fine and dandy, and he protested proposed “sin taxes” on soft drinks in an Oct. 7 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece. I can’t wait to see his “educational” materials.
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