I am republishing here a post from a discussion that's hosted by "Leisure Guy" at http://leisureguy.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/salba-chia-seed/
Leisure guy, the people at salbasmart should be ashamed of themselves for aligning with Vladimir Vuksan as I have it on the highest authority that Vuksan was a party to an internal inquiry at the University of Toronto on the basis of research impropriety. Most notably, these were the facts that came to light. First Vuksan has a financial ownership interest in Salba via the company Sahis Holdings. This genius even has the company Salba Corp NA registered to his home address. Second, he was found guilty of research misconduct regarding Salba. Third, he perjured himself in his sworn affidavit in the Canadian Court Case Mealla et al v. Salba Corp NA. And finally that he misappropriated research funds from other grants in favor of salba research. But here is the worst part, Vuksan knows full well that he used black Chia seeds in the original research because there were no white seeds available. His original research posters even show the photos of black chia. Vuksan never wanted anyone to know that he had a financial interest because the so called third party research would not have ever been published under those conditions. This is why he had to publish a correction on the research… you can check this with Diabetes Care. The worst part for the consuming public is that the Meallas paid expensive lawyers to suppress these realities from the public. Evidence of this travesty can be seen in the thesis by Amy Lee, one of Vuksans students, in which analytical results towards the back of this thesis show the word Chia crossed out and replaced by the word salba…this can be found on google. I dont represent any competing company which is why you won’t see any advertisements here…I just think its time that consumers really know the truth about this company and those that support them. The lesson here is that all research from Vuksan should be taken under the context that he has financial interests in the outcome and if indeed there was any legitimacy to the results of those findings than certainly any well grown chia should be credited with the same.
NOTE: I have not tried to verify any of these claims, but it does seem as if the author of this complaint is a colleague of Vuksan's who co-authored this paper: “Supplementation of Conventional Therapy with the Novel Grain Salba (Salvia hispanica L.) Improves Major and Emerging Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial,” Vuksan V, Whitham D, et al, Diabetes Care, 2007 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of print].