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Sweet confusion

(article, Kim Carlson)

Last week it was reported that the FDA does not consider high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) a "natural sweetener," and that it would not be allowed to be labeled as such; the sweetener is a highly processed derivative of corn.

A day or two later, the trade association for the corn growers objected to that characterization, claiming that the person who made the statement at the FDA was merely answering a reporter's question and was not stating an FDA policy.

Sounds as if there's some sorting out to be done.

Meanwhile, Sam Fromartz, of the blog Chews Wise, asks whether we can now expect HFCS not to be labeled "organic." Wait, you ask, is that possible now? According to Fromartz, it is. Stay tuned.