Is Big Food Shaping EFSA Policy?
Public relations expertise developed by a food-and-drink-industry-funded think tank seems to be being promoted by the European Union’s food safety agency, following the appointment of a food industry insider. The PR strategy on dealing with risks has even been included in official guidelines. Recent cases of former Commissioners going through the revolving doors into lobbying jobs have raised questions about conflicts of interest. This case study sheds light on the lack of EU regulation aiming at preventing industry’s privileged access, through the ‘reverse’ revolving door, to the EU policy-making process.
Letter to EFSA (29 November 2010)
Letter to Commission (29 November 2010)
EFSA reaction (21 December 2010)
Reply to EFSA reaction (27 January 2011)