Declaring Competing Interests
Leighton Jones of Campden & Chorleywood Food Research
Association has failed to declare competing interests in
connection with his article on genetically modified foods.
C&C is a membership organisation. Most of its fee-paying
members are major food companies. Many of these companies
are producing, researching or considering GM products.
C&C provides multiple services, including contract research,
for these companies, either collectively or individually, in
return for fees. Therefore, for an employee of C&C to
asssert that he has no competing interests in this field is
These financial connections may or may not influence what he
writes. But when the BMJ asks a direct question about such
interests, he should declare them.
The BMJ has led the way in setting demanding standards to
uncover falsified research results. You should have equally
high standards to uncover undeclared conflicts of
Competing interests: No competing interests