FDA Says High-Fructose Corn Syrup is Not "Corn Sugar"

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Corn Refiners Association
"More amazing than science-y facts and mambo-jambo about HFCS, is that these popsicles stayed perfectly frozen in my cooler for our picnic."

Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration denied the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) petition to rename high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as "corn sugar," a request they had made almost two years ago, arguing that sugar and HFCS were one in the same.

The FDA reasoned the action would confuse consumers and "could even pose a health risk to those suffering from fructose intolerance."

In a letter to the CRA President Audrea Erickson, the FDA rejected three different arguments the CRA had made requesting the name change. Mainly that "sugar" refers to a solid, dried, crystallized food, not a syrup.

The FDA stated that "the use of the term 'sugar' to describe HFCS, a product that is a syrup, would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties."

Erickson of the CRA issued a statement claiming that the FDA denied their claim on narrow technical grounds. Adding, "The fact remains--which FDA did not challenge--that the vast majority of American consumers are confused about HFCS. Consumers have the right to know what is in their foods and beverages in simple, clear language that enables them to make well-informed dietary decisions."


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The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

I love the old switcheroo that the CRA guy pulls at the end, there, with the whole concern troll bit.

So what are we to take away from this? That re-labeling 'corn syrup' as 'corn sugar' is all in the interest of a more informed and less confused consumer, cuz', you know, they're just all consciencious and concerned like that and have nothing but the best interests of their customers in mind.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

Too bad the fDA did not stick to this kind of common sense honesty with pink slime.

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

What are we confused about?  You want to rename a dangerous product so that people think it's safe.  Now, I know what you're thinking, "But Mr. Hollywood, what about rapeseed oil?  They got to rename that.  Why are you picking on corn?"  It's because rapeseed (canola) oil isn't a cancerous/addictive chemical masquerading as food.  They just made a poor naming choice.

Sources:HFCS makes you fat and more prone to cancer:http://www.sciencedaily.com/re...

HFCS causes cancer:http://cancerres.aacrjournals....

It's addictive:http://www.plosone.org/article...

Of course, this is all just a bunch of science.  We all know that's hocum.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Slow clap leading to massive, eruptous applause-good job!  You come with solid facts sir.....salute'. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Solid facts? There's absolutely nothing conclusive about HFCS yet. They still can't decide if artificial sweeteners are bad or not, and that's been 40 years or so. Calling HFCS dangerous is as irresponsible as calling MSG or cholesterol dangerous--there's alot of grey area and room for interpretation.

What it is is something people should moderate their intake of, which makes it exactly the same as any other food component.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

We also need to stop subsidising the producers of this product with government funds which in turn allows them to keep this substance dirt cheap.

The low cost of this product is what makes it so attractive to producers of processed foods. The fact that it is plentiful and cheap insures that we consume more of this product than we otherwise might, which is definitely showing up as a component of our societal health issues like obesity and diabetes.

Whether HFCS is better or worse than sugar, healthwise, is beside the point to a certain extent, I wouldn't want people overdoing it with cane sugar, either, as that would likely cause just as many problems. The larger issue for me, here is that ADM and their corn lobby are huge players on K street, (ethanol, too) and that IS a problem.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Watching youtube takes too much time (and clinking on links is dumb, just check out lemonparty.org).......the internet has disqualified you; atleast Mr. Hollywood brought solid facts, and tangible ideals we could believe in.  Work on that approach?

Mervis
Mervis

Kergs you have to get to the end of that vidja. Funny payoff.

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