More than 100 boys, classified as mentally challenged, at the Fernald School in Waltham, Mass., were fed cereal containing radioactive iron and calcium in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The diet was part of an experiment to prove how quickly nutrients in Quaker oatmeal can travel throughout the human body.
Quaker Oat officials wanted to match the advertising claims of their competitor, Cream of Wheat.
A $60 million lawsuit was filed in Federal District Court asserting that the children were tricked into participating in the experiments. It was stated that the exposure was about equal to natural radiation people experience from the environment yearly. The university also noted that a state panel in 1994 determined that the students had suffered no significant health effects from the experiment.
The panel stated that the students’ civil rights had been violated.
Quaker Oats continues to deny that it played a large role in the experiments since they only donated the cereal and provided a small research grant.
What value did anyone involved place on the life of the children? With no health care and, for some, no parents, what chance did those children have living with possible health challenges?
What are your children eating and do you think corporations are now more trustworthy?