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Four-Year Court Battle Pitting Sugar Against Corn Syrup Ends in Secret Agreement

Ten days into the sugar vs. high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) jury trial, it’s over. All the parties — and there were many in Western Sugar Cooperative, et al. v. Archer Daniels-Midland Company — agreed to end it and pick up their own costs and attorneys’ fees. They also agreed to keep details of the settlement… Continue Reading

FDA Says Just Don’t Call It “Corn Sugar”

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) cannot be called “corn sugar,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined. A citizen’s petition filed with FDA by the Washington D.C. Corn Refiners Association (CRA) on Sept. 14, 2010 and supplemented on July 29, 2011 requested the name change. But in a letter Wednesday, FDA’s Michael M. Landa,… Continue Reading

FDA Asked To Permit “Corn Sugar” On Label

Sugar is sugar, so the Corn Refiners Association would just like to call theirs “corn sugar” instead of “high fructose corn syrup.”   The association has formally asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow it to use the term “corn sugar” as an alternative to high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS.  … Continue Reading

The American Diet: A Sweet Way to Die


I am often asked what foods I avoid because they may carry a risk of contamination with pathogenic organisms.  I have a very short list of foods to avoid on principle based on concerns about the potential for bacterial adulteration.  But I am increasingly concerned about the general quality of the American diet as a… Continue Reading