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Friday, June 01, 2012

FDA: High Fructose Corn Syrup Can NOT be Renamed to “Nature’s Wholesome Goodness”

In a stunning victory for public health over corporate money, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stood up to the Corn Refiners Association.  The Corn Refiners Association — the manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup — have watched their product become less and less popular over the past few years.  I have no idea whether or not high fructose corn syrup is as toxic as everyone says.  But with so much smoke, there’s probably a fire in there somewhere.

In any case, seeing their product’s popularity spiraling downward and further downward, the Corn Refiners Association has done what any self-respecting manufacturer would do:  create a better product that the public would like to buy Give their unpopular item a new name so the public won’t know what they’re buying.  They wanted to change the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup to Corn Sugar.  Same shitty product with a wholesome new name.  Problem solved.

Thankfully the FDA shot down their request.  In the event that the FDA had approved this request, the Sugar Association was ready to file a lawsuit against the Corn Refiners Association for trying to con the public.  A lawyer for the Sugar Association said:

“What do con men do? They normally try to change their name. The FDA has thankfully stopped that.”

High Fructose Corn Syrup isn’t just a sweetener.  Almost anything you buy that’s in a can or a jar is apt to have HFCS in it.  Even “healthy” things.  Try finding a jar of wasabi or horseradish that doesn’t contain it.

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Blogger jadedj said...

I'm with you on this Tom, but the U.S. Sugar barons accusing the Corn Refiners Association of conning the public, falls in the category of the pot and kettle.

June 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Beautiful. Kind of like PATRIOT Act, no?

June 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Greetings, my name is Syrup Incognito. Might I trouble you for a name change?

June 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

If you want to drink fizzy drinks go to the Mexican markets in your area. Coke is made with real sugar and not that HFCS shit. Oh and if you are looking for wasabi and horseradish minus that stuff Tom, I suggest you try Old Cape Cod. They have an excellent wasabi, ginger, soy, salad dressing that works as marinade and dipping sauce. Kosher horseradish doesn't have all that crap in it either. Silver Springs does good horseradish that is HFCS free. Beaver does a good one too, for others, my stomach can't deal with the soybean oil.

June 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Of course, the Sugar Association's threatened law suit had nothing to do with "the Corn Refiners Association for trying to con the public". They were worried that the name change would cut into the sale of sugar...another product that we consume way too much of. Both boats should be sunk.

June 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Free enterprise is a good thing.

But sadly, a traditional part of it is being able to re-brand crappy products in an effort to get the public to keep buying them, especially in cases where the public is seeing the light and realizing it's a crappy product.

Three cheers for the FDA.

June 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: True, there's a sort of pots and kettles syndrome here. But I think HFCS is even worse than sugar.

JR: Sort of a PATRIOT act for consumers, I guess.

Randal: No trouble at all, Sugar.

Jess: Thanks, I'll look for those brands.

Jerry: I agree both boats should be sunk. But HFCF is supposed to be a lot worse than sugar. Everything's relative.

Snave: I like free enterprise as long as the public knows what they're buying. Renaming something, or trying to keep a product from being listed on the ingredients -- like the GMO companies are doing -- that's not free enterprise. That's sleaze, or fraud, or something.

June 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I've posted before, Billionaires vs Billionaires both for their own interest but at least Sugar is on our side...for now, then we'll be posting on Sugar Subsidies, and how they are bribing the Government to get inserted in the school lunches.

Jess I love Mexican Coca-Cola, I am old enough to remember what it used to taste like before they messed with the formula and that's Mexican Coke.

Every time my daughter comes out from Atlanta, she buys a case and takes it back with her.


June 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM  

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