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CRA Response to Nature Communications Mouse Study

Corn Refiners Association Response to Nature Communications Mouse Study

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2013

Contact: David Knowles
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Mice are not humans, and it simply is not possible to know how humans would react without testing them in the same way.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies animal studies as having low evidentiary value.

Mice do not eat sugar as a part of their normal diet, so the authors are measuring a contrived overload effect that might not be present had the rodents adapted to sugar intake over time.

Numerous scientific studies and reports show that in humans, moderate consumption of caloric sweeteners such as sugar and high fructose corn syrup does not increase risk factors for chronic diseases.


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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