Corn syrup petitions FDA to rebrand as corn sugar

The Corn Refiners Association is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use "corn sugar" instead of "corn syrup," saying that the name "corn syrup" confuses consumers.

The Corn Refiners Association is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use "corn sugar" instead of "corn syrup," saying that the name "corn syrup" confuses consumers.

The association has been fighting what it says are myths and inaccuracies regarding the use of high fructose syrup in foods for years. In 2008, it launched a campaign with Weber Shandwick to address misunderstandings about high fructose corn syrup, which many Americans believe is more harmful or likely to cause obesity than sugar.

The trade group, representing Cargill and Corn Products International, also launched a website, www.cornsugar.com.

Other food products that have changed their names in recent years include low eurcic acid rapeseed oil to canola oil in 1988 and prunes to dried plums in 2000. 

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