Apparently Consumerlab.com sent out one of its newsletters today touting testimony by the company's President, Dr. Tod Cooperman before the Senate Special Committee on the Aging on May 26. Naturally Dr. Cooperman's testimony featured his usual claims that Consumerlab is the only entity out there doing anything to protect consumers by testing supplement "quality". Dr. Cooperman also recited his usual litany of "problems" his company has uncovered serving the public good.
When Jon Benniger blogged on his insights into Dr. Cooperman's testimony and raised questions concerning that ability of Consumerlab.com to truthfully project itself as a consumer advocate when it's business model requires it to take money from the businesses it, Dr. Cooperman chose not to address any of Jon's substantive points. Instead he posted yet another commercial for his company and accused Jon and me of libeling him. (Dr. Cooperman's attacking me for Jon's blog says a lot about his thought process.) Unfortunately, this Dr. Cooperman's typical response to any effort to look at his business model.
As Jon noted,the question still remains: If a company that has paid to participate in Consumerlab.com's "voluntary testing program" and those tests reveal a public health hazard, will Consumerlab.com alert the public it purports to be protecting?
I'll try asking it again: Dr. Cooperman?????