The Centers For Disease Control often places a disclaimer on their recommendations that reads, “CDC, our planners, and our content experts wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products . . . CDC does not accept commercial support.”
This would lead many to believe that the CDC is not prey to industry whimsy and does not receive money from the very companies we the people try so desperately to protect ourselves against. Unfortunately, this disclaimer is something of a fallacy: the CDC does receive money from corporations, and they get it from just about every major corporation in the country.
You may be wondering, “how do they get away with that?” but the answer simple: through their very own foundation that was even approved by Congress. On the CDC Foundation website, it states that the organization’s purpose is to forge “effective partnerships between the CDC and others,” but what it is does not say is that those “others” often have interests that don’t include human health. The foundation also describes itself as more a “liaison” between the CDC and the private sector, which is equally disturbing. (Related: Learn more about the CDC’s wrongdoings at CDC.news)
During the 2016 fiscal year alone, the CDC Foundation raised over $42 million. The donor list for that year includes dozens of corporations, but some of the more notable ones include Bayer Corporation, Cargill, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, Genzyme Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Pfizer Foundation, United Industries Corporation, and countless others.
The list of partners listed on their website is even more depressing. The list of the CDC Foundation’s corporate partners is replete pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, pesticide manufacturers and biotechnology companies. And in spite of their involvement with the foundation — and indirectly, the CDC itself — we’re supposed to believe that even in the face of financial provisions and other resources, the CDC, which is a federal agency, is free of industry influence? …