Food and beverage industry pays for seat at Pan American Health Organization’s health-policy table

A new investigative report from Reuters found that the Pan American Health Organization has for the first time in its 110-year history taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in money from the food and beverage industry.  Accepting industry funding goes against WHO’s worldwide policies.  Its Geneva headquarters and five other regional offices have been prohibited from accepting money from the food and soda industries, among others. “If such conflicts of interest were perceived to exist, or actually existed, this would jeopardize WHO’s ability to set globally recognized and respected standards and guidelines,” said spokesman Gregory Härtl.