This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Corn Refiners Acknowledge Ignoring FDA Regulations To Sell Illegal Industrial Sweetener

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A lobbying group representing the manufacturers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has acknowledged that an illegal food additive called HFCS-90 is being sold to food and beverage makers even though the substance has never been tested to be safe or approved for sale by the Food & Drug Administration.

In a letter posted by the FDA on April 6th, 2013, J. Patrick Mohan, President of the Corn Refiners Association states that, in direct violation of FDA regulations, "HFCS-90 has been used in the food supply for decades." Despite growing concerns over the health risks posed by High Fructose Corn Syrup, Mohan declares that "a food manufacturer may determine for itself whether a food ingredient is safe," claiming that there is no law that "requires approval of FDA of the safety of a food substance."

"These statements, which are untrue, are evidence of their appalling disregard for food safety and their flagrant violation of federal consumer protection regulations," said Jim Turner of the consumer watchdog group, Citizens for Health. "There is no question that HFCS-90 is illegal. The FDA has stated it doesn't have adequate information to assess its safety, and that additional data on the effects of fructose consumption are needed to ensure that this product is safe."

The FDA has only authorized the use of HFCS with a maximum 55% fructose concentration. HFCS-90 contains 90% fructose. Extensive medical studies have linked excess fructose consumption to serious health risks including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

In an effort to protect consumers, Citizens for Health has filed an FDA petition ( Docket # 2012-P-0904) to initiate enforcement actions against the use of unapproved fructose concentrations in foods and beverages, and to modify package labeling policies so that HFCS concentrations are clearly indicated.

Turner added, "We're asking consumers to voice their comments to the FDA Commissioner by visiting:  http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2012-P-0904 and click on "Comment Now."

About Citizens for HealthFunded by concerned consumers, non-profit partners, food growers, and businesses, Citizens for Health is a non-profit organization providing over 130,000 supporters with consumer news, action alerts, and ways to demand access to healthy food, non-toxic products, and truthful, non-misleading health information.  More information is available at www.citizens.org.

SOURCE Citizens for Health

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 18,037.97 -42.17 -0.23%
S&P 500 2,108.92 -8.77 -0.41%
NASDAQ 5,060.2460 -31.8390 -0.63%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs