It has been widely reported that officials of some US government agencies, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA), were often rewarded with lucrative jobs from the companies that they were regulating. In fact, FDA — which supposed to protect consumers — frequently behave as a branch office of private (food and drug industry) companies.
FDA’s main responsibility as a US government agency is to protect public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human foods and drugs. However, this conflict of interest arousing from the agencies ‘supposed job’ versus their current agendas have been going on for last 50 years. An analysis made by Mark Gold, founder of Aspartame Toxicity Information Center, entitled “Analysis of the influence of the Aspartame industry on the Scientific Committee on Food” provides an overview of this case.
“In the United States, corruption of governmental and scientific committees by the food industry was disclosed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In an article in the journal Science (1972), it was revealed that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Food Protection Committee was being funded by the food, chemical and packaging industries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was relying on the NAS Committee for ‘independent’ information.”
Data coming from NAS could be biased, mainly because of the industry in which this agency receive funds. In spite of this, FDA still used these data without conducting their own research and safety measures. Another is the investigation on monosodium glutamate (MSG). Here’s the continuation of the Mark Gold analysis;
“The Chairman of the NAS Subcommittee investigating monosodium glutamate (MSG) had recently taken part in research partially funded by the MSG manufacturer. Another member of the Subcommittee became a spokesperson for the MSG industry. (Science 1972) Other members of the Subcommittee had ties to the MSG industry.Since that time numerous governmental committees have been corrupted by the placement of food industry-funded consultants on these committees.”
FDA has been involved with phony activities together with NAS and other government agencies, several times. It’s frustrating to know that the chairman itself was the ringleader for most dishonesty that the agency commits. These agencies are secretly feeding their own interest, perfectly masking it to blind us that they’re really doing their jobs right.
With all these things, the truth is — generally, government institutions like FDA which supposed to be protecting us, were just operating through the bribes of some egotistical business corporations. How can we trust the government agency that wasn’t putting people’s health and safety, first? The best thing that we can do is to make ourselves aware, informed, and educated with all the possible things concerning our health because at the end of the day, we are the ones who could truly protect our best interest, not anybody else.