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New advice for European Union on added sugars due in 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is on schedule to provide new scientific advice on the daily intake of added sugar in food by early 2020. The Authority plans to establish a science-based cut-off value for daily exposure to added sugars from all sources that are not associated with adverse health effects. Denmark, Finland, Iceland,… Continue Reading

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

Fast-Food Chain Removes Soda From Kids’ Menus

National fast-food chain Wendy’s is removing soda from its kids’ menus, acknowledging requests from consumer organizations, including MomsRising.org and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Effective immediately, menus intended for children’s food options will not mention soda, although parents are still free to order it for their kids if they choose. The… Continue Reading

Five Things Sugar Interests Get Wrong About FDA Added Sugars Labeling

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(This blog post by Gretchen Goldman was published July 1, 2014, at blog.ucsusa.org and is reposted here with permission.) Last week, I spoke at the FDA public meeting on Proposed Rules on Food Labeling: Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size. I spoke in support of an added sugars label in those proposed rules, carrying with me… Continue Reading

FDA Proposal to Put ‘Added Sugars’ in Nutrition Facts Panel Sparks Debate

Last week, legal analysts for OFW Law published a blog arguing that “Added Sugars” should not be included in the Food and Drug Administration’s revamp of the Nutrition Facts panel. “The White House seems to be pushing FDA to require more, including the disclosure of ‘Added Sugars,’ which may not be necessary or even beneficial,”… Continue Reading

Controversial Documentary About Food Policy, Industry Opens Today

“Fed Up,” a new documentary exploring the prevalence of added sugar in the American diet and how it causes childhood obesity to persist, opens today in select theaters across the country. The film traces the history of dietary guidelines and other food policies in the U.S., alongside the increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and other… Continue Reading

Controversy Continues Over Listing Evaporated Cane Juice on Ingredient Labels

Recent action by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may smooth the path for food manufacturers to continue to declare sweeteners derived from cane syrup (such as sugar) as “Evaporated Cane Juice” (ECJ) on food labels, at least for the foreseeable future. Last month, FDA announced that it was reopening comments for 60 days on… Continue Reading

Doctors Promote Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Sugary drinks were again the target of anti-obesity efforts this week as the American Medical Association threw its support behind a tax on these beverages. At the AMA annual meeting Wednesday, members of the organization – the largest physician group in the country – voted to adopt a policy that promotes taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages…. Continue Reading

Sugar Is Not Poison, But We’re Getting Too Much of It

Sugar is the toxin responsible for most of today’s health problems, a California endocrinologist who conducts research for the American Heart Association, told the television magazine program 60 Minutes Sunday. The University of California’s Dr. Robert Lustig said obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease can all be blamed on Americans consuming too much… Continue Reading