High Fructose Corn Syrup: Not the Same as Sugar
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Corn Fructose Industry Heats Up Battle with Sugar
WASHINGTON, October 3, 2011 – High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a man-made sweetener used in thousands of grocery store products and it has a serious image problem. Consumers are avoiding it. Food companies are taking it out of the products they make. Some supermarkets have banned it. Demand for this highly-processed ingredient is falling fast.
The Corn Refiners Association – comprised of corporations that make HFCS - decided that changing the name was a way to fix this problem. They are petitioning the FDA so that HFCS can legally be called "corn sugar" and ultimately just "sugar”. An official decision hasn’t yet been made, but in 2008 the Corn Refiners Association began a $50 million dollar marketing campaign labeling HFCS as “corn sugar”. They are now being sued by a group of sugar farmers and refiners who believe the name change will confuse consumers and harm the sugar industry.