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Dairy Facts 2016

FDA Clarifies Labeling Rules for High Fructose Corn Syrup

Mar 05, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration clarified in January the labeling rules for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). According to a letter written by Felicia Billingslea, director of Food Labeling and Standards in FDA's Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, the presence of high fructose corn syrup may be declared by the use of the term "corn syrup," because HFCS is a sub-category of corn syrup. The letter is available here.

Although HFCS could alternatively be labeled "glucose syrup," FDA believes that "corn syrup" is the more appropriate labeling term. Members with any questions may contact Michelle Matto, IDFA assistant director of nutrition and labeling, at


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