Anne Munoz Furlong Funded by Peanut Foundation ($14,000) to Show Bans Don\'t Work

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2001 - 4:49pm
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

I know there has been some disagreement over whether FAAN has a position on the "ban" or is deliberately not taking a position. I found the following information at

"...This website is designed to facilitate the organization and focus of the research effort on peanuts. It is meant to be a quick and easy method for all involved in this research to keep updated on who is funding the research. It is also meant to identify the institutions and individuals are who are conducting the research. Finally it is intended to help in understanding the goals of the peanut industry in regard to peanut research......"

Just select "Peanut Ban" under "Keyowrds" or select (yes select not type) Anne Munoz Furlong's name under Principal Investigator and this is what you will find.

"........Educate the Educator
Communicate with principals, nurses, and dieticians in U.S. schools about how to manage students which have peanut allergy. This education should offer the more effective programs of educating school decision makers and parents on how to manage the children with food allergies. The decision makers and parents should also be educated that bans do not work.
Agency/Department: Virginia Tech
State: VA
Duration: April, 1999 - March, 2000
Type of Project: Research
Keywords: Education , Allergy , International Market , Allergens , Peanut Bans
Funding Source(s): Foundation Funding, $ 14000.00
Principal Investigator: Ms. Anne Munoz Furlong
Contact: Ms. Anne Munoz-Furlong
Contact Phone: 703-691-3179
Contact FAX: 703-691-2713
Contact E-mail: n/a...."

If the above is true (since we can't believe everything on the web)then the CEO of FAAN is/was the principal investigator of a Peanut Foundation Study with the following goal "..The decision makers and parents should also be educated that bans do not work..." The study is not trying to establish whether an ban is effective or not, it has already decided what the answer should be.

It does appear then FAAN has, or soon will, be taking up a VERY strong position against a ban. Now I'm not surprised that "to ban or not to ban" is not open to discussion at FAAN meetings (yes I tried!).

Again, as a FAAN member I certainly have not been made aware of the amount and purpose of this particular $14,000 "grant."

[This message has been edited by EILEEN (edited June 08, 2001).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2001 - 5:02pm
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

To put the above grant in context, I selected allergy as a topic and came up with
only $1,500 for Peanut Allergy Vaccine Development (Agency/Department: Oklahoma State University) funded by the State Grower Association Funding, with the Principal Investigator (as directed by the Peanut Foundation)!
FAAN gets another $15,875.00 to support "Food Allergy Education for Educators
Support" programs in schools all over the US to help educate education personnel on the management of food allergic children from the Peanut Foundation.
Lastly, $42,969.00 was for Dr Peter Vadas (University of Toronto) to investigate PAF-AH deficiency which is? associated with fatal peanut anaphylaxis (see post in RESEARCH)
Again the grant was from the The Peanut Foundation.
[This message has been edited by EILEEN (edited June 08, 2001).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2001 - 9:30pm
arachide's picture
Joined: 08/16/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for the information.
Rather unsettling revelations... Why wasn't I overly surprised?

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2001 - 11:28pm
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

I agree this is unsettling. It is difficult to perform an objective study when it is funded by someone who will benefit from certain results.

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2001 - 3:01am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Unsettling? Yes.
This is just BAD SCIENCE... this is why the federal government and most scientific governing agencies have such strict guidelines about research!!!! This is EXACTLY why drug companies are not in charge of clinical trials- clinicians and universities are, because they are (at least in theory) unbiased. ARRRRGGGGG!!!!
If you are wondering why the strong response to this subject, this is one of my personal hot-buttons in that nobody (even in the realm of basic research) these days seems to understand the idea of the "scientific method" as applied to any kind of research these days. Here goes:
1. Observe natural/artificial phenomenon and formulate questions about it.
2. Propose reasonable explanation for these observations.
3. Plan a way to test this explanation to see if it is *incorrect* (that's right, I said INCORRECT. A hypothesis cannot ever be proven definitively CORRECT.)
4. Carry out test(s) and make certain result is reproducible.
5. Evaluate your explanation and if necessary make adjustments to it to reflect what you found in step 4.
6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 as needed.
Grrrrrrrr...... this is why physical scientists scoff at some social scientists who (apparently) figure that planning experiments to "prove" what they believe is actually good "science". That kind of work just isn't publishable in major physical science and medicine journals, because reviewers will laugh at you and serve you up with fries.
Sorry. I know I am ranting, but this REALLY makes me hopping mad.

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2001 - 5:42am
Anne Parrish's picture
Joined: 01/06/2000 - 09:00

Wow, Eileen, what an amazing find! I am kind of stunned by the starkness of the words on the page... "The decision makers and parents should also be educated that bans do not work."

Posted on: Fri, 06/08/2001 - 7:05am
KevinsMom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2001 - 09:00

If this information is accurate - as we all know web info can be suspect, it would be interesting to see the results of this study. Specifically, I would like to know what methods were determined to be the most effective in managing food allergic children in the school setting.

Posted on: Sun, 06/10/2001 - 4:18pm
EILEEN's picture
Joined: 04/06/1999 - 09:00

I wanted to clarify that this money was awarded to Ms Furlong (FAAN) as GRANT to conduct the

Posted on: Mon, 06/11/2001 - 12:26am
river's picture
Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

Actually the tobacco industry has been involved in an "education" campaign for teenagers which does contain highly questionable content.
Thanks Eileen for discovering this information. It's very disturbing to say the least and parents of PA children should be asking an awful lot of questions. It's one thing for the peanut industry to fund legitimate scientific research and quite another for them to pay someone to come up with a given conclusion. The apparent immorality of the situation leaves me feeling ill.
I'll also be bringing up questions to Dr. Vadas, when the next appointment is scheduled.

Posted on: Mon, 06/11/2001 - 6:35am
Milkmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2001 - 09:00

I am so sick of how much influence corporations have over our lives! It is disgusting!
I was about to join FAAN, but after learning this, I will forget about it. I will not contribute to an organization that cares more about catering to major financial contributors than it does about keeping our kids safe.
$14,000 is a bargain for them. Imagine how much peanut butter would not be sold in the U.S. if ALL schools banned it? Millions of dollars a year would be lost by the peanut industry surely. I'm sure they already have millions of dollars at stake directly from school districts who still use peanut butter regularly. And I'm sure they are scared to death of people like us who want a ban on peanuts!
We better watch out. They'll probably send representatives to our homes to 'rough us up' until we agree that peanuts should be allowed in schools.

Posted on: Mon, 06/11/2001 - 7:02am
chasie's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

Shouldn't they just say a peanut ban may not keep kids safe. I know a reaction can still happen, but They are more likey to be safer if a ban is up and running right. Just saying it wouldn't work at all isn't right.


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