Chicago Tribune mislabels high-fructose corn syrup

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April 19, 2010 at 8:54 am

People can agree or disagree on the merits of high-fructose corn syrup. But what happens when the conversation becomes difficult because one side can’t even disclose the proper name of the food product.

Greg Burns wrote a column in the Chicago Tribune, and you can tell in numerous spots that Burns isn’t a fan of those who don’t like high-fructose corn syrup. And Burns certainly is a fan of huge conglomerates that thrive off high-fructose corn syrup, such as Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Corn Products International.

But what was particularly disturbing is that the column consistently misidentified high-fructose corn syrup as “corn syrup.” They are two different products. But you wouldn’t be able to tell that in the column. In the headline and on 8 different references in the column, the product in question is identifed as “corn syrup.” There is one reference to high-fructose corn syrup.

If we are going to have a serious discussion on our food policy, it would be helpful if those that support high-fructose corn syrup have the courage and the ethics to identify the product by its proper name: high-fructose corn syrup.

(You can read more on this on my blog, Balance of Food.com.)

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