The Food and Drug Administration rejected a petition from the Corn Refiners Assn. to rename high-fructose corn syrup “corn sugar,” saying that the change could confuse consumers and “pose a public health concern.”
In a letter to association President Audrae Erickson made public Wednesday evening, the federal agency told the industry group that using “corn sugar” on nutrition labels could even prove dangerous for customers who suffer from fructose intolerance.
The FDA also considers sugar to be a “solid, dried and crystallized food” while syrup is “an aqueous solution or liquid food,” wrote Michael M. Landa, the agency’s director for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
In a statement, Erickson said that the corn refiners’ petition was denied “on narrow, technical grounds” and complained that the FDA “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.”