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Corn Refiners Association Statement on University of Southern California Study’s Suggestion that Sugar/High Fructose Corn Syrup Might Negatively Impact Brain Development in Adolescents

October 14, 2014
David Knowles
(202) 534-3494

WASHINGTON, DC – “This latest rat study is yet another example of using rodent-based research to create controversy and needlessly frighten consumers while never actually demonstrating any adverse impact on humans. “The fact is physiological and psychological differences between humans and rats are so significant and diverse that you simply cannot compare the two when determining the health impact of any food or ingredient. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) classifies animal-based studies as having low evidentiary value and has concluded that consuming sugars in moderate amounts is safe for humans. “Rats consuming roughly twice the intake of added sugars compared with estimated averages in humans further calls into question how this study would stand up in a real world setting. “Numerous scientific studies over the last several years confirm the USDA’s position and show that in humans, moderate consumption of caloric sweeteners such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup is safe. “Attempts to demonize one food or ingredient only serve to confuse consumers and make it more difficult for people to make appropriate diet choices.”

### 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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