Marion Nestle, emeritus professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and creator of the blog Food Politics, said Goya’s customers had “plenty of justification” for boycotting.
“Unanue’s support of a president who loses no opportunity to diminish the humanity of Goya Foods’ core Latino customers is at best tone deaf, and at worst an explicit endorsement of the president’s discriminatory attitudes and policies,” she said in a statement.
Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, a Mexican cookbook author and food blogger, said it was both “surprising” and “sad” to hear Mr. Unanue’s comments. In 2013 she told The Washington Post that she often recommended Goya products with her recipes because they were so widely available.
“The only way I think that Goya will come back after this boycott is to give back to the community in a big way, to get the respect from the Latino population, whether it’s donating to food banks or specifically to the Latino community,” Ms. Marquez-Sharpnack said.
Goya Foods on Friday issued a news release about the company’s donation, but did not address the controversy around Mr. Unanue’s comments.
In an appearance on Fox News on Friday, Mr. Unanue defended his comments.
“It’s suppression of speech,” he said, noting that in 2012 he was called to work with the first lady, Michelle Obama, on a different initiative that focused on helping families make healthy meal choices.
“So you’re allowed to talk good or to praise one president, but you’re not allowed, when I was called to be part of this commission to aid in economic and education prosperity and you make positive comment, all of the sudden that’s not acceptable,” Mr. Unanue said.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/10/business/goya-boycott.html