Key Scientist At Coke Retires After Memos Show Ties To Anti-Obesity Group
The revelations showed the soda giant helped fund research that critics say minimized the effect of sugary drinks on obesity.
The New York Times:
Coke’s Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving
Coca-Cola’s top scientist is stepping down after revelations that the beverage giant initiated a strategy of funding scientific research that played down the role of Coke products in the spread of obesity. Rhona S. Applebaum, Coke’s chief science and health officer, helped orchestrate the establishment of a nonprofit group known as the Global Energy Balance Network. The group’s members were university scientists who encouraged the public to focus on exercise and worry less about how calories from food and beverages contribute to obesity. (O'Connor, 11/24)
The Wall Street Journal:
Coca-Cola Science And Health Officer Applebaum Retires After Funding Controversy
A Coca-Cola Co. executive overseeing health research is stepping down after the soda giant came under fire for funding researchers accused of downplaying the role of sugary drinks in obesity. Atlanta-based Coke said Tuesday that Chief Science and Health Officer Rhona Applebaum, 61, had decided to retire. A spokeswoman added there are no immediate plans to fill the position. (Esterl, 11/24)