AGRICULTURAL NEWS - Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco have discovered that the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) funded animal research to evaluate the effects of sucrose on cardiovascular health.
However, when the evidence seemed to indicate an association between sucrose and heart disease and bladder cancer, the foundation had terminated the project.
Cristin Kearns, Dorie Apollonio and Stanton Glantz, writing in the journal PLOS Biology, said that the information came to light after they reviewed internal ISRF documents from 1969 and before.
(The SRF changed its name in 1968 to the International Sugar Research Foundation).
The analysis by Kearns and her colleagues suggests that the industry knew of animal research suggesting this link and halted funding to protect its commercial interests.