December 29, 2011

Podcast: Allowing the use of ‘corn sugar’ on labels makes sense

In this podcast, Elgin Bergt, a farmer from Schuyler and member of the Nebraska Corn Grower Association, talks about a petition before the Food and Drug Administration that is seeking approval to allow an alternative name – corn sugar – to be used by food companies instead of the term "high fructose corn syrup."

The FDA has yet to rule but Bergt said makes sense to allow the name change because the term corn sugar more accurately describes what the ingredient actually is – a sugar made from corn. He said ingredient names on food labels should be clear and reflect it in no uncertain terms.

"I don’t believe you can get much clearer than the term corn sugar," he said, "and the name change would help consumers to better and more easily identify all added sugars in the foods they buy."

In a letter to FDA, both Nebraska Senators said they support the name change, and so do many other individuals and even editorial boards in Nebraska.

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