Thursday, 27 September 2007

Seals of approval are bought

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At my grocery store, there are a number of items that carry seals of approval from the heart and cancer organizations. To me, this seal of approval should mean that said item is heart healthy or shown to help fight cancer -- don't you agree? But according to this post from CNN's Dr. Gupta, these seals of approval don't mean much -- they just show that the manufacturer has tossed some money at organization.

Want examples? Wrigley's gum plaid $36,000 to get a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. And Neutrogena pays $300,000 a year to get the seal of approval from the American Cancer Society. It seems so wrong, and yet organizations like these need money in order to fund research.

What do you think about this practice? Is it despicable or necessary? Should companies be able to 'buy' a seal of approval?

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