The former president of a soda proxy organization in South Africa will undergo an investigation concerning his ties to the sugar and soda industries. It is another episode in a chain of Coca-Cola / International Life Sciences Institute scandals affecting the National Institutes of Health, UC San Diego, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United Nations.
Last month we released our report on the trial against Dr. Tim Noakes in South Africa. Noakes is at risk of losing his medical license for a tweet recommending a low-carbohydrate diet to infants. Our work found that,
… a former ILSI South Africa president convinced the HPCSA to charge Noakes, another former ILSI South Africa president testified as an expert witness against him, and an ILSI-funded researcher consulted for the legal team prosecuting him. And yet, not a single news story has connected ILSI to the Noakes trial.
The former ILSI president turned expert witness is Ali Dhansay, formerly Director of the Nutritional Intervention Research Unit at South Africa’s Medical Research Council.
South Africa’s Medical Research Council has recently closed Dhansay’s unit, disavowed any relation to his testimony in the Noakes trial, and announced that it will investigate,
“… Dhansay’s position in his capacity as president of the institute and the funding thereof; any association of research conducted in the field of nutrition, obesity and lifestyle with funding or support from the sugar/beverage food industry; any association by way of expert opinion or scientific advice in the field of nutrition, obesity and lifestyle to the sugar/beverage food industry; and any monies received in lieu of such advisory services.”
For more information please see Philani Nombembe’s coverage in South Africa’s Times newspaper. While it would have been nice for Mr. Nombembe to mention CrossFit’s role in uncovering these facts, he did give credit in an earlier piece: