Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Clinical Review

Genetically modified foods

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:581

Rapid Response:

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
not true.

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

17 June 1999
J T Winkler
Director, Food & Health Research
28 St Paul Street, London N1 7AB