(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)
May 31: The National Corn Growers Association supports the Corn Refiners Association as it questions the issues ignored by the Food and Drug Administration in their decision to deny the CRA petition seeking the ability to use the term “corn sugar” to describe high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
“We support CRA’s efforts to help consumers make informed decisions,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “Clearly, HFCS has been targeted by competing products through a campaign of misinformation and propaganda. Thus, CRA does a great service in educating consumers that sugars are all the same nutritionally, whether they come from corn, cane or beet. Promoting the responsible, moderate use of all sweeteners, CRA aims to provide clear, unbiased information to all Americans, a goal the FDA should support.”
The denial, issued yesterday, ignored important concerns raised in the CRA petition about consumer confusion surrounding the term HFCS. The petition requested this change on the basis that, as high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally equivalent to other sugars, the term “corn sugar” would provide consumers with information about what is in their food and beverage options in simple, clear terms.
Denying the petition on what CRA characterizes as “narrow, technical grounds,” the FDA decision means that HFCS must be identified to consumers in the sugar category under that term on the Nutrition Fact Panel on foods and beverages.
For more information, visit CRA’s informational website www.sweetsurprise.com.