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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