Martek

In 2010, Mr. Davis advocated on behalf of Martek, Inc., of Columbia, Maryland, which provided infant formula companies two food supplements: essential polyunsaturated fatty acids DHA and ARA, naturally occurring in mother’s milk. Mr. Davis advocated a “pro-choice” position in Congress for poor women to have access — if they so choose, because of an inability to breast feed their babies or otherwise — to subsidies to purchase infant formula. Mr. Davis opposed a legislative proposal that would have banned the sale of DHA and ARA pending completion of a study by the Department of Agriculture. Mr. Davis accurately stated that if this amendment were passed, poor women would be deprived of the same choices that were available to wealthier women who could purchase infant formula without federal subsidies. His position was supported by liberal Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and the nutritional value of DHA and ARA for young infants is supported by many scientists and scientific organizations, such as the World Health Organization.