FDA Will Not Rename HFCS

The Corn Refiners Association effort to rename high-fructose corn syrup has been thwarted by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA says using the term corn sugar instead would confuse U.S. consumers and could pose a health risk to those who suffer from fructose intolerance. The FDA ruling comes after 20 months of review – and rejects each of the three arguments made in the CRA’s petition. In a letter to CRA President Audrae Erickson – FDA states that the use of the term sugar to describe HFCS – a syrup – would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties.

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