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All authors contributed to the manuscript and revised and approved the final version.

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Correspondence to Andrea Poli.

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The preparation of this manuscript did not receive any specific Grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. AP is the President, and FM the Research Director of NFI, a non-profit association partly supported by 18 national and international food companies. CLV has a Grant support from Assocarne and a consultancy/teaching agreement with Soremartec. GR is member of the Nutritional Advisory Board of Barilla and is involved in research projects funded by both public and private sponsors. Other authors declare they have no conflicts of interest.

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We wish to remember the contribution of Prof. Claudio Galli, who passed away on 11 April 2017, to our discussion on this topic.

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Poli, A., Marangoni, F., Agostoni, C.V. et al. Research interactions between academia and food companies: how to improve transparency and credibility of an inevitable liaison. Eur J Nutr 57, 1269–1273 (2018).

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