The FDA today rejected a petition filed two years ago by the Corn Refiners Association to rebrand High Fructose Corn Syrup as ‘corn sugar’.
In a letter to the trade group, the FDA states that the association gave insufficient grounds for the name change, and contends that “sugar is a solid, dried, and crystallized food; whereas syrup is an aqueous solution or liquid food…. Thus, the use of the term “sugar” to describe HFCS, a product that is a syrup, would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties.”
“If the name had been changed, it would have given consumers the wrong impression that this product is ‘natural,’ ” said Urvashi Rangan, director of the union’s Consumer Safety Group in a statement. “The term ‘corn sugar’ simply doesn’t reflect the chemical changes that take place in production. Consumers know the term high-fructose corn syrup, and they should be able to easily differentiate among products that use it.”