- Accountability: We ask AND to sever all financial and organizational ties with junk food (Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Mars, Hershey) and pharmaceutical companies (Abbot Labs, Johnson & Johnson)— institutions and entities that present either a conflict of interest or an appearance of a conflict of interest. Since no more than 10% of the AND’s yearly $31 million annual revenue comes from these contentious industry payments, we believe that the AND will suffer few financial difficulties once it forbids these obvious conflicts of interest, and will regain the support of its members and confidence from the public.(1)
- Competition: Currently the AND is engaged in a multi-state legislative effort to monopolize nutritional therapy through legislative initiates.(2) The practice of dietetics is one of the many different modalities of nutritional therapy. Dietitians—and particularly the Commission on Dietetic Registration—should respect and compete with other nutrition professions and licensing bodies in the marketplace, and should not subvert competition by creating a government-sanctioned monopoly through legislation.
- Transparency: The AND cannot operate credibly as an advocate for dietitians and public health without increased transparency at the organization. Recent congressional inquires into payments ADA receives from the pharmaceutical industry, highly criticized one- sided food industry presentations at conferences and AND educational programs taught by soft drink industry representatives illustrate the need for increased transparency at the ADA.(3)
Sources: (1) American Dietetic Association, 2010 IRS 990 Report. (2) American Dietetic Association, “Market Place Relevance, Regulatory and Competitive Environment of Dietetic Services.” (3) Really Eat Right, AND Facts webpage .