The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a request by corn-refining companies to chance the name of high-fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. The Corn Refiners Association attempted to get the name change in a petition to the FDA in 2010, and has been engaged in a public-relations campaign to enhance perceptions of the ingredient.
Critics of the sweetener say that it has played a significant role in the national obesity problem. And the FDA said the corn-refining group did not provide sufficient grounds for a name change. The agency said it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food, while syrup is a liquid food.
The Corn Refiners Association issued a statement saying its petition with the FDA was denied on narrow, technical grounds.
The CRA said the government “did not address or question the overwhelming scientific evidence that high-fructose corn syrup is a form of sugar and is nutritionally the same as other sugars,” adding that many American consumers remain confused about the ingredient.
The sugar processing industry has engaged in a public-relations battle with the CRA, saying high-fructose corn syrup and sugar are two distinct products. And least year, eight leading sugar companies and two trade associations sued six corn processors and the CRA for what they said was improperly using corn sugar in advertisements and elsewhere to describe high-fructose corn syrup. The case is pending in a federal court in Los Angeles.
Source: Dow Jones