Fda Petitioned To Change Name Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

09.15.10 | FL News Team

The Corn Refiners Association, which represents firms who make high-fructose corn syrup is now trying to improve the ingredient's image with a name change.  The "New York Times" say the group has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to call the sweetener, "corn sugar."  The Washington-based group believes the name change is the only way to clear up the tarnished image of high-fructose corn syrup since ad campaigns haven't worked well.

The president of the Corn Refiners Association, Audrae Erickson says research has shown "corn sugar" is better at communicating the sweetness and calorie level to consumers.  The FDA will have six months to respond to the name change request.  If the name "corn sugar" is accepted it will take another 12 to 18 months before it would show up on food labels.