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Sugar Fight Takes Another Bitter Turn

posted on May 25, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - What defines sugar? It's getting to be a stickier question.

The Sugar Association is accusing the makers of high fructose corn syrup of trying to candy-coat their image by calling their product a "sugar." The Corn Refiners Association is firing back by calling the accusations an attempt to censor its efforts to explain to the public that high fructose corn syrup is, well, a form of sugar.

The latest twist in the ongoing spat came after a recent medical study that prompted headlines such as "Sugar can make you dumb." The Sugar Association says the substance used in the study was actually fructose, not sugar.

Separately, the Corn Refiners Association has applied to the federal government for permission to call its product "corn sugar." That decision is still pending.

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