"We Don't Want High Fructose Corn Syrup"

Citizens for Health Gathering 100,000 Signatures to Send to Food CEOs

As concerns grow around the controversial industrial sweetener, High Fructose Corn Syrup, one of the nation's most respected consumer advocacy groups, Citizens for Health, is sponsoring a petition to tell the US Food & Beverage industry that American families do not want the man-made ingredient in the products they buy. Its petition on FoodIdentityTheft.com is in response to a new campaign launched recently by the companies that make High Fructose Corn Syrup (or HFCS) that tries to convince food and beverage producers that consumers don't care whether their products contain HFCS.

"Because the makers of High Fructose Corn Syrup were foiled by a recent FDA ruling that says they cannot call their man-made sweetener "corn sugar," this new campaign attempts to convince the food industry that families don't care whether they consume foods and beverages containing HFCS," said Jim Turner, who leads Citizens for Health.

Evidence shows that millions of Americans do in fact care. The US Department of Agriculture has reported decreased demand for HFCS as consumers grow increasingly suspicious about this industrial sweetener.  This drop in consumer demand – and the decreasing sales of HFCS – is the apparent reason behind the (failed) attempt to legally change the product's name on food labels, and the motivation behind this new ad campaign directed at the food industry.

Turner noted, "Consumers are avoiding HFCS for many reasons, but the main reason is simple: scientific evidence shows that consuming HFCS can lead to health problems." A number of scientific studies have shown that consuming HFCS may lead to serious health problems, including obesity, childhood diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

"Our goal is to deliver 100,000 signatures to the country's largest food and beverage makers, grocery retailers and chain restaurants to tell them we do not want HFCS in the foods we buy," added Turner.