Stunner: Researchers retract paper because company complains it’s hurting profits

It all comes to one question – can you trust science and scientists under the pressure from the commercial lobby?

Retraction Watch

ajfs It’s not unusual for us to hear allegations that journals have caved to corporate demands that they retract papers . And companies have certainly objected to the publication of results that painted their products in an unflattering light.

But what we’ve never explicitly seen is a retraction notice that comes right out and says that they only reason a paper is being removed from the literature is that a company complained. That’s the jaw-dropping case with “Visual defects among consumers of processed cassava (gari),” a paper published earlier this year in the African Journal of Food Sciences:

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