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Corn Refiners Association Praises EPA Decision on TSCA Exemptions

November 12, 2014

CONTACT: David Knowles
(202) 534-3494

WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its swift and appropriate action on a matter of great significance to the food ingredient industry. In response to a petition by the CRA, the EPA issued a direct final rule granting partial exemptions for five food-derived products from the chemical data reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

“We commend the EPA for its proper decision on TSCA exemptions, and for acting in such an efficient and timely manner,” said John Bode, President & CEO of the CRA. “The EPA wisely recognized that there is no health or environmental benefit to be gained by imposing burdensome chemical reporting requirements on these products with a long history of safety.”

The five food-derived products exempted from the TSCA chemical data reporting requirements are trisodium citrate, tripotassium citrate, fructose, corn steep liquor, and citric acid. The EPA’s improved review process resulted in an initial decision being issued in within the 180 days window allowed.


The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining 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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