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CORN SUGAR

(Posted Mon. Dec 3rd, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Dec. 3: A study released last week by researchers from the University of Southern California and Oxford University claiming to find a unique link between high fructose corn syrup and Type 2 diabetes is flawed both in its design and conclusions, according to the Corn Refiners Association.  Authored by Dr. Michael I. Goran, the report has met with severe criticism for failing to account for the widespread agreement among scientists and medical doctors that HFCS and sucrose (table sugar) are nutritionally equivalent.    "This latest article by Dr. Goran is severely flawed, misleading and risks setting off unfounded alarm about a safe and proven food and beverage ingredient,” said CRA President Audrae Erickson.  “There is broad scientific consensus that table sugar and high fructose corn syrup are nutritionally and metabolically equivalent.  It is, therefore, highly dubious of Dr. Goran--without any human studies demonstrating a meaningful nutritional difference between high...

(Posted Mon. Nov 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Nov. 26: Last week, the Corn Refiners Association released the 2012 Corn Annual. The publication, titled Made in America: Corn Refined Products Help U.S. Industries Thrive, explains how many U.S. industries are able to thrive, in part, because of the versatility, functionality and affordability of the refined corn ingredients.  “The 2012 Corn Annual serves as an excellent supplement to the data offered in NCGA’s 2012 World of Corn,” said NCGA Growers Services Action Team Chair Brandon Hunnicutt. “As NCGA serves growers by providing credible, comprehensive information about corn farming and the issues impacting farmers, CRA works diligently to give a reliable and interesting account of the incredible products made from corn through the wet milling industry.”  The report details how many of the products produced by the corn wet milling industry, such as corn starch, syrup and oil, are easily recognized ingredients used in many common foods Americans enjoy. Additionally, the...

(Posted Thu. May 31st, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

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...

(Posted Fri. May 18th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Ethanol

By Rick Tolman, NCGA Chief Executive Officer:     May 18:  Two pieces of research that were dropped this week and then picked up in the mainstream  media clearly demonstrate that there’s something off in the way research is (1) conducted, (2) summarized, and (3) reported to the public. None of this surprises us; as an organization that often must deal with controversy, we’ve seen it all before and there is nothing new under the sun.  In the first case, researchers at UCLA, without even testing high fructose corn syrup, announced on Tuesday that they discovered that HFCS may have deleterious effects on cognitive ability. They did this by feeding lab rats enormous quantities of a “fructose solution” and seeing how well they did running through a maze. The UCLA news release stresses HFCS; the research itself does not mention it at all.  And what does this research mean in the real world? Nada. According to one doctor, you would have to drink more than 50 cans of soda a day to...

(Posted Thu. Apr 5th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Apr. 5:  In recent letters to food marketers, the National Corn Growers Association called on them to stop marketing products as not containing high fructose corn syrup, implying there is something especially unhealthy or unnatural about corn sugar.  “Such innuendos are not scientifically supportable and they are offensive to the hundreds of thousands of U.S. consumers that grow corn as well as the many others in rural communities,” NCGA CEO Rick Tolman wrote in letters to the chief marketing officers at Welch Foods and Dean Foods, producers respectively of Welch’s Natural Spreads and TruMoo Chocolate Milk, just two examples of anti-HFCS marketing.  “Your focus on health and nutrition are commendable and supportable. Those points can all be well made without the reference to HFCS.”  While the March 21 letters did lead to a dialog with Dean Foods, their response to-date has been unsatisfactory, Tolman noted in a follow-up letter.  “As you pointed out, you are a significant...

(Posted Mon. Mar 26th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Mar. 26: Last week, a group of corn refiners asked a federal judge in Los Angeles to dismiss claims brought by the processed sugar industry based on statements made by the Corn Refiners Association, the companies’ trade association. An earlier version of these same claims was already dismissed by the court in October 2011.  “Through their work, the corn refiners aim to provide public information on one simple fact about sugar- that it is nutritionally equal whether it comes from corn, cane or beets,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “Like CRA, NCGA also works tirelessly to provide factual, accessible information to consumers on important food issues.  We understand the importance of the CRA’s work and hope that, as this case proceeds, many more come to value the importance of informative campaigns on food run by the very people who grow it.”  CRA President Audrae Erickson said the processed sugar industry’s attempt to hold the individual companies...

(Posted Wed. Feb 8th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Feb. 8:  As the refined sugar industry continues efforts to revive litigation claims already dismissed by a federal judge, it argued this week against a second dismissal as it defended the rewritten lawsuit filed in November.  The suit, which the federal judge allowed the group to file following dismissal of the initial claims, targets members of the Corn Refiners Association again and seeks to create confusion by suggesting that cane and beet sugar is healthier than its corn-based counterpart.  “Voices in the food debate ranging from Michael Pollan to Martha Stewart have all agreed on one simple fact about sugar- that it is nutritionally equal whether it comes from corn, cane or beat,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “While, like most things, sugar of any nature should be consumed in moderation, corn farmers know that their crop produces a quality, affordable sweetener that offers many benefits.  We support the efforts being made to provide...

(Posted Mon. Jan 30th, 2012)

Keywords: Corn Sugar

Jan. 30:  Problems with recent reports attacking high fructose corn syrup demonstrate the need for clarity and caution on the part of research scientists, the National Corn Growers Association said Monday.  Even though researchers may acknowledge specific limitations, the mainstream media does not always act so prudently as they report the news.  “Even peer-reviewed research has limitations and caveats that need to be clearly stated by the authors and reported by the news media, so consumers have a clear understanding of what the research really means,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “When it comes to high fructose corn syrup, it’s important to avoid biases based on unfounded attacks. The science is clear that, enjoyed in moderation, there is no difference between HFCS and other sugars.”  Niemeyer pointed out that not only do table sugar and HFCS have a similar composition, according to the American Medical Association, but the American Dietetic Association has found...

(Posted Wed. Aug 3rd, 2011)

Keywords: Corn Sugar Farm Policy

Aug. 3: National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman today highlighted the ways in which the farm bill impacts U.S. corn growers as he addressed the 28th Annual International Sweetener Symposium in Stowe, Vt.  The program focused on overall farm policy while allowing attendees to explore related topics such as the U.S. and world supply and demand outlook and the effect of trade agreements on world sugar policies and U.S. commodity programs. Promoting an understanding of farm issues in the sweetener industry, Tolman covered several farm issues and recognized the importance of the sweetener industry and all of American agriculture working together.  “At NCGA, we recognize the importance of keeping stakeholders in all of our valued markets informed on the issues affecting our growers,” said Tolman. “We hope to work hand-in-hand with our sweetener industry partners to ensure that our farmers needs are recognized as key legislative or regulatory issues continue to arise.”  To...