The FDA today rejected a petition filed two years ago by the Corn Refiners Association to rebrand High Fructose Corn Syrup as ‘corn sugar’.

In a letter to the trade group, the FDA states that the association gave insufficient grounds for the name change, and contends that “sugar is a solid, dried, and crystallized food; whereas syrup is an aqueous solution or liquid food…. Thus, the use of the term “sugar” to describe HFCS, a product that is a syrup, would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties.”

In a press release, Consumers Union states that it repeatedly urged the FDA to reject the petition.   From the LA Times:

“If the name had been changed, it would have given consumers the wrong impression that this product is ‘natural,’ ” said Urvashi Rangan, director of the union’s Consumer Safety Group in a statement. “The term ‘corn sugar’ simply doesn’t reflect the chemical changes that take place in production. Consumers know the term high-fructose corn syrup, and they should be able to easily differentiate among products that use it.”