31 May '12, 11am

FDA: High-fructose corn syrup will not be called ‘corn sugar’

FDA: High-fructose corn syrup will not be called ‘corn sugar’

The image the Corn Refiners Association might have hoped to conjure with the term “corn sugar.” There has been a lot of back and forth about real and perceived differences between sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) over the years — including here at Grist, where Tom Laskawy has explored the contentious topic at length . And while the science is definitely still unfolding, the fact that the Corn Refiners Association has shown a strong interest in blurring the line between the two is certainly compelling reason to suspect there are, in fact, some noteworthy differences. As of Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agrees. The agency released an official response to the Corn Refiners Association’s 2010 request to refer to the substance as “corn sugar” with a resounding no. The reasons they gave read as benignly technical, but also hint at the differences in ...

Full article: http://grist.org/corn/fda-high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-def...

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