Consumers Union : In Their Own Words
Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports, says that, "To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates."
In December 2009, Ned Groth, a self-described expert on environmental health and risk assessment and formerly with Consumers Union, contacted the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) asking for a consulting job clearing up the very confusion about fish he helped create via Consumers Union reports. When NFI did not respond to Groth's offer he resumed his attacks on the fisheries industry under the auspices of the Mercury Policy Project. It was only then that NFI made public his unsuccessful efforts to become a paid consultant to the seafood industry.