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WHOOPS: 'Corn Sugar' Already Taken, FDA Definition Excludes HFCS

First Posted: 09/21/2010 12:10 pm Updated: 05/25/2011 5:45 pm

Marion Nestle at the Atlantic:

Thanks to alert reader Glen for pointing out that the FDA already has a regulation for Corn Sugar in the Code of Federal Regulations, under food substances "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS). ...

The Corn Refiners have just petitioned the FDA to be allowed to use the name "corn sugar" to apply to both glucose/dextrose and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). But the existing definition seems to exclude HFCS. While HFCS is about half glucose, it is also about half fructose, and its manufacture from corn starch requires one more enzyme.

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