The Revolving Door: From CSPI to The Sugar Association?
Politico Morning Agriculture (behind a firewall, unfortunately) reported this morning that Bruce Silverglade has filed a letter on behalf of The Sugar Association objecting to the FDA’s proposal to put Added Sugars on food labels.
The objection is on procedural grounds. The Sugar Association opposes the FDA’s labeling proposal and wants the agency to allow more time for public comment (and, of course, additional time for lobbying against the measure).
Silverglade is now an attorney at Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz. He joined this firm after resigning from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), where he had worked as director of legal affairs for more than 25 years.
CSPI has advocated for policies to reduce sugar intake for many years, and favors putting Added Sugars on labels (as I explained in a previous post).
The “Revolving Door”—-exchange of positions between the food industry and government—often raises uncomfortable questions.
This example, a move from a food advocacy group to The Sugar Association, is unusual. And sad.