Corn Refiners Association Statement on Western District of New York Lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 18, 2013
CONTACT: David Knowles (202) 534-3494
WASHINGTON, DC – A lawsuit filed against members of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) in the Western District of New York makes false and unsubstantiated claims about a safe and natural ingredient, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and an alleged link to diabetes.
“The members of the CRA stand by the safety of their ingredient and will vigorously defend themselves against the false allegations made in this lawsuit,” says John Bode, President and CEO of the CRA. “The plaintiff is seeking to profit by making claims that are contradicted by solid, credible research, as well as the Food & Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. This lawsuit will confuse consumers and mislead them about how to make the right choices for a healthy diet.”
High fructose corn syrup does not have any unique properties that raise a person’s risk of contracting diabetes. In fact, there is broad scientific agreement that HFCS and table sugar are nutritionally and metabolically equivalent, and the American Medical Association has concluded that HFCS is not a unique cause of obesity. The Food & Drug Administration also recently stated that there is no known evidence showing a difference from a safety perspective between HFCS and other added sugars.
Both HFCS and table sugar contain roughly half fructose and half glucose and there is no credible scientific or medical basis to distinguish HFCS from table sugar in terms of human health effects.
HFCS is made from corn, a natural grain product. It contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s requirements for use of the term “natural.”
HFCS has a strong history as a safe ingredient recognized by food manufacturers and the U.S. government. New research continues to confirm that it is safe and no different from other common sweeteners like sugar and honey in its health effects.
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.
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