‘Corn Sugar’ No More: HFCS Name to Stay


The corn industry’s effort to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as the more innocuous-sounding “corn sugar” has failed.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration rejected the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) bid, on the grounds that, as a liquid, high fructose corn syrup cannot be considered a sugar. Sugars, by the FDA’s standards, are solid foods. The FDA, in other words, rejected the bid on a technicality.

Much maligned in the press for its possible link to obesity, the highly processed sweetener has been the subject of a CRA-backed marketing campaign to overhaul its image. High fructose corn syrup, they claim, is no different than cane sugar; “sugar is sugar,” as its tagline suggests.

Well, not so fast. High fructose corn syrup is, at least for now, still high fructose corn syrup. That’s certainly a great thing for consumers. Let’s all thank the FDA, for putting the public interest above corporate profits!

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Jennifer C.
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Robert O.
Robert O.2 years ago

Thanks Katie.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Great post! Thanks

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good to know

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

I now read, religiously, the ingredient label for this ingredient.
I'm happy to hear that the FDA has refused to permit relabeling 'high frutose corn syrup' under 'corn sugar'. It is what it is, and the public does not need another confusing label.

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel3 years ago


Susan V.
Susan V.3 years ago

A rare move to protect the public by the FDA. So right it's almost unbelievable FDA had anything to do with it.


Cherie LaPlace
Cherie LaPlace3 years ago

GMOs and HFCS "corn sugar" is lurking in so many other foods that you wouldn't expect like BREAD and DELI dishes! Busy families buy food on the run, buy these foods at their local in-store bakery/deli, that are supplied by the corporate giant RICH'S FOODS (also a backer AGAINST Prop 37)! Rich's is under the radar and getting richer by the minute at the expense of our health by using these toxic ingredients in everyday foods! Let's stop them: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/667/776/825/please-stop-using-high-fructose-corn-syrup-corn-sugar-gmos-in-your-products/

Dale Overall

Proper labelling is a step in a good direction as companies should not be allowed to get away with untruths.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago