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Food companies sued in federal court over high fructose corn syrup

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:41 am
by fastback65
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) — A group of food companies are being sued in a New York federal court over allegations that their product, the highly controversial high fructose corn syrup, is linked to type 2 diabetes and that they failed to warn consumers of its possible dangers.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Monday.

The named defendants include Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, Cargill Inc., Ingredion Inc., Penford Products Company, Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas LLC and Roquette America LLC, all manufacturers of the commercial sweetener.

The complaint, which was filed on behalf of a 14-year-old New York state girl diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, states that the companies have falsely promoted the syrup as “natural.”

In particular, the plaintiff — the girl’s parent — points to a $30 million advertising campaign by the companies called “Sweet Surprise” that attempts to recast the ingredient as “natural, nutritionally the same as table sugar and has the same number of calories.”

Specifically, the campaign claims that “sugar is sugar” and “your body can’t tell the difference.”

“The foregoing claims are particularly egregious since scientific studies demonstrate clear molecular differences between HFCS and sugar, as well as clear differences in how the human body processes the respective substances,” the complaint states.

The plaintiff went as far in the 17-page complaint to describe how the syrup is linked to, and can cause, type 2 diabetes.

“The fructose in HFCS is a contributing cause of metabolic syndrome in humans. Unlike glucose, which can be metabolized by all organs, fructose is primarily metabolized by the liver,” the complaint states.

“Fructose activates a particular liver enzyme which acts as a bridge between liver metabolism and inflammation. This inactivates a key messenger of insulin action with leads to liver insulin resistance.

“The lack of insulin effects in the liver deprives the body of its ability to keep glucose levels down, resulting in increased blood glucose levels which leads to type 2 diabetes.”

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking $5 million for the girl’s “severe and serious permanent injuries,” loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, emotional distress, future “lifelong and permanent” medical complications incurred — including the probability of surgery and shortened life expectancy — and medical expenses to comply with the “rigorous” dietary and pharmaceutical restrictions for the rest of her life.

http://legalnewsline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cornsyrupcomplaint.pdf

Re: Food companies sued in federal court over high fructose corn syrup

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:21 am
by medicmike
Wow....I hope they prevail in their suit. This could be a game changer in the food industry!

Re: Food companies sued in federal court over high fructose corn syrup

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:42 pm
by fastback65
Mike, I have no medical background, and I am by no means an expert, however, I do have type 2 diabetes, and in my own limited studies, there seems to be a direct correlation between HFCS usage and Type 2 diabetes growth. It effects the liver in an unnatural way. All the feel good commercials in the world calling it a natural sweetener, will not change the fact that it is bad. It is used because it is cheaper. That is the only reason.

Re: Food companies sued in federal court over high fructose corn syrup

PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:04 am
by medicmike
fastback65 wrote:Mike, I have no medical background, and I am by no means an expert, however, I do have type 2 diabetes, and in my own limited studies, there seems to be a direct correlation between HFCS usage and Type 2 diabetes growth. It effects the liver in an unnatural way. All the feel good commercials in the world calling it a natural sweetener, will not change the fact that it is bad. It is used because it is cheaper. That is the only reason.


I do have some medical training but I would be willing to bet that your experience with endocrinology is better than mine. I agree that HFCS is bad stuff, I know that I feel so much better now that I have been avoiding it best I can (not an easy task because it seems to be in EVERYTHING). I would like to see truth in marketing with this and other substances so consumers at least have the option to make informed choices regarding their diet.

Yes it is cheaper than natural sugar and as we know, corporate America is all about profits and to heck with consumer health!

What I can recall from my physiology classes, there is a big difference between the way the body processes sucrose and fructose. IIRC they do affect the way the liver produces and distributes glucogon and insulin as well as the way it is consumed at the cellular level.