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Citizens For Health Fails To Disclose Funding In Latest Smear Of HFCS

Sugar Industry Puppet-Group Citizens For Health Fails To Disclose Funding In Latest Smear Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

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December 3, 2013

CONTACT: David Knowles
(202) 534-3494

WASHINGTON, DC – Citizens for Health, or as one critic calls them, “Citizens for Sugar,” is setting new standards for shamelessness in its flagrant, sugar-sponsored attacks on high fructose corn syrup, as evidenced in a press release today that hysterically compared HFCS to a totally unrelated food ingredient.

National media reports have revealed that Citizens for Health has received at least $300,000 from The Sugar Association to launch junk-science attacks on high fructose corn syrup and Jim Turner, principal of the law firm Swankin & Turner that runs CFH, promised a Bloomberg reporter that he would be more transparent about the group’s funding. Yet, in today’s press release – which is his latest in support of The Sugar Association’s effort to fuel myths and misinformation about high fructose corn syrup – Mr. Turner, once again, failed to divulge the full amount of funding his front group has received from the sugar industry.

“Citizens for Health is nothing more than a fake consumer group that is running a dirty-tricks operation on behalf of the sugar industry,” said John Bode, president of the Corn Refiners Association. “The issue isn’t that anyone takes them seriously – because they don’t. The real outrage is the sugar industry’s funding of operatives that spread malicious falsehoods, while doing nothing to educate consumers on how they can achieve a proper caloric balance by managing their consumption of all sugars and getting adequate exercise.”

Citizens for Health is just one of the so-called consumer groups associated with Washington, D.C., law firm, Swankin & Turner. Others include Consumers for Dental Choice, which is headed by a former state attorney general of West Virginia who resigned from that position in the face of charges that he accepted illegal campaign contributions.

CFH’s efforts to disparage high fructose corn syrup fly in the face of the Food & Drug Administration’s position that sugar and high fructose corn syrup are equally safe, as well as years of scientific data demonstrating that the two sweeteners are nutritionally equivalent.

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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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