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The Impact of Transnational “Big Food” Companies on the South: A View from Brazil

  • Carlos A. Monteiro mail,

    carlosam@usp.br

    Affiliation: Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil

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  • Geoffrey Cannon

    Affiliations: Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil, Editor, World Nutrition, World Public Health Nutrition Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Published: July 03, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001252
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Carlos A. Monteiro, Geoffrey Cannon
Center for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Geoffrey Cannon
Editor, World Nutrition, World Public Health Nutrition Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Corresponding Author

Email: carlosam@usp.br

Competing Interests

Since 1993 GC has worked for the World Cancer Research Fund International and the American Institute for Cancer Research (both not-for-profit organisations). He is an honorary Council member of the World Public Health Nutrition Association, its Publications Secretary, and editor of its journal World Nutrition. GC was an advisor to the Brazilian federal government in the period 2000–2002 when he worked within its Ministry of Health, and also occasionally for UN agencies including WHO. GC has occasionally advised the food and beverage industry, but not since 2007 when he advised PepsiCo on the possibility of ethically-based products using the products of Brazilian tropical fruits. CAM has acted as advisor to the Brazilian Ministry of Health and also for WHO.

Author Contributions

Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: CAM GC. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: CAM GC. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: CAM GC. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: CAM GC.