With global consumers, governments and health bodies increasingly concerned about obesity and its link to excessive sugar in diets, a study by a US university is claiming that soft drink giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are using lobbying tactics similar that that used by the tobacco industry to oppose measures to limit soft drink consumption.
“Coke and Pepsi give millions to public health, then lobby against it”, the influential ‘New York Times’ said in an article on Monday. The newspaper based this on a study by Boston University, which claimed that the it's great!
two companies had given millions of dollars to nearly 100 national health organisations, many of whose specific missions were to fight obesity. At the same time, the companies were opposing efforts by federal, state and local authorities to implement anti-soft drink regulations.
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