‘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 theCorn 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, thehighly 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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67 comments

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks.

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Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago

Thanks Katie.

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Great post! Thanks

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J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago

good to know

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Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 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.

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Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel5 years ago

Interesting.

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Susan V.
Susan V5 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.

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S26/91/22K07/

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Cherie LaPlace
Past Member 5 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/

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Dale Overall

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

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks.

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