Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the Recent Article in the Journal Open Heart on the Effects of Sugar Consumption on Cardiometabolic Disease
December 15, 2014 – The recent article in Open Heart examining the effects of a high-sugar diet on cardiometabolic diseases — such as heart disease, high blood pressure and hypertension — offers a highly subjective and incomplete review of the current literature and may lead to misinformation about sugar consumption that will only serve to raise fear and confusion among consumers.

Corn Refiners Association Statement: Examining FDA’s Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients
December 10, 2014 – Thank you for the opportunity to provide the views of the Corn Refiners Association. Each year, our members purchase and process between 15% and 20% of America’s corn supply to make over 1000 products, principally food ingredients. Corn based food ingredients are used in the formulation of 40% to 70% of consumer retail food products.

Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the recent University of Southern California Study On the Effects of Fructose and Glucose on Brain Activity
December 10, 2014 – The recent study by the University of Southern California claiming fructose consumption reduces satiety signals in the brain — causing individuals to desire more calories than otherwise – fails to recognize how fructose is consumed in real world settings and provides very limited practical insight.

Corn Refiners Association Praises EPA Decision on TSCA Exemptions
November 12, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its swift and appropriate action on a matter of great significance to the food ingredient industry. In response to a petition by the CRA, the EPA issued a direct final rule granting partial exemptions for five food-derived products from the chemical data reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Corn Refiners Association Statement on Recent Harvard University Study Finding An Apparent Correlation Between Consumption of Fructose and A Recently Discovered and Still Little Known Hormone
October 15, 2014 – This study subjected individuals to unrealistically high levels of fructose that was consumed independent of glucose, which is just not how fructose is consumed in our daily diet.

Corn Refiners Association Statement on University of Southern California Study’s Suggestion that Sugar/High Fructose Corn Syrup Might Negatively Impact Brain Development in Adolescents
October 14, 2014 – This latest rat study is yet another example of using rodent-based research to create controversy and needlessly frighten consumers while never actually demonstrating any adverse impact on humans.

Corn Refiners Will Continue Fighting The Sugar Association’s Scare Campaign
August 6, 2014 – A federal judge in Los Angeles denied a motion filed by Corn Refiners Association (“CRA”) member companies seeking leave to amend their counterclaim against the sugar industry defendants in the Western Sugar Cooperative et al. v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company et al. litigation on Tuesday.

Corn Refiners Association Welcomes New Legislative Affairs Director
July 28, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is pleased to announce that Julia Gustafson has joined its staff as Counsel and Director, Legislative Affairs. In this role she will help to lead the development of CRA’s legislative agenda and advocate priorities before Congress.

Corn Refiners Association’s Cassandra Kuball Appointed to Trade Committee
July 8, 2014 – Cassandra Kuball, Trade & Industry Relations Manager for the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade (ATAC) in Sweeteners.

Corn Refiners Association Responds to Citizens for Health’s False claims about High Fructose Corn Syrup
June 4, 2014 – Contrary to claims by sugar industry front group Citizens for Health (CFH), very few food and beverage companies are removing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from their products. Recent research from Mintel Research Consultancy and GNPD shows that fewer than 3% of new products were introduced as “HFCS-free” between 2002 and 2013.

Corn Refiners Association Response to USC Study in the Journal Nutrition Claiming a Higher Ratio of Fructose to Glucose in Popular Beverages
June 4, 2014 – Dr. Michael Goran has used improper methodology to arrive at demonstrably false conclusions about the amount of fructose in certain sweetened beverages. Again. Of the three methodologies employed in his study, none is a valid methodology for measuring sugars in beverages.

Katie Couric’s “Fed Up” Documentary Highlights Nutritional Equivalence of Sweeteners
May 9, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association applauds Katie Couric’s statement that “high fructose corn syrup …is metabolized by our bodies exactly the same way as sugar.”

Corn Refiners Association Welcomes V.P. of Government Relations
April 21, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is pleased to welcome Dan Chartier as Vice President of Government Relations, responsible for congressional and regulatory affairs.

Statement of Corn Refiners Association President & CEO John W. Bode on the U.S. Sugar Industry’s Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions
April 18, 2014 – American Big Sugar is the sole beneficiary of the only U.S. agriculture program that has not been reformed in modern times, a program that cost taxpayers $259 million in subsidies that went into Sugar’s pockets over last year alone.

Corn Refiners Association Applauds Congressmen Pompeo and Co-sponsor Rep. Butterfield for Introduction of Bi-Partisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
April 9, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association today expressed full support of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). The bill would establish a much needed federal standard for the labeling of food and beverage products containing ingredients produced using biotechnology.

Corn Refiners Association Statement on World Health Organization Draft Guideline on Sugar Intake
March 5, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association applauds all efforts that seek to encourage consumers to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, including the practice of moderation in consuming sweeteners. However, we are concerned with the more extreme direction taken by the World Health Organization’s proposed recommendation on cutting added sugar consumption by half in that it is not based on credible scientific research.

Corn Refiners Association Statement on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Facts Label
March 4, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) appreciates that First Lady Michelle Obama and the Administration have taken the initiative to try to improve the Nutrition Facts Label for the benefit of consumers’ health.

CRA Helps Announce the Formation of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food
February 6, 2014 – The CRA joined with American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of almost thirty industry and non‐governmental organizations to announce the formation of the The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (, urging Congress to quickly seek a federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Statement by the Corn Refiners Association on the Recent JAMA Internal Medicine Study Attempting to Link Added Sugars to Cardiovascular Disease

February 3, 2014 – “This study provides no evidence of causation between consuming added sugars and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. In fact, this research is based on a limited observation of data that is close to a decade old.

Corn Refiners Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan Updated TPA Legislation

January 9, 2014 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today welcomes the introduction of the bipartisan updated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation and urged Congress and the Administration to move the legislation forward quickly.

Corn Refiners Association Launches Online Campaign Highlighting Caloric Balance and Importance of Total Sugars, Not Type

December 4, 2013 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today announced the launch of a national, online consumer engagement campaign. It features registered dietitians who promote a healthy lifestyle through caloric balance, including the total sugars in your diet, rather than focus on a specific type of sugar.

Sugar Industry Puppet-Group Citizens For Health Fails To Disclose Funding In Latest Smear Of High Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2013 – Citizens for Health, or as one critic calls them, “Citizens for Sugar,” is setting new standards for shamelessness in its flagrant, sugar-sponsored attacks on high fructose corn syrup, as evidenced in a press release today that hysterically compared HFCS to a totally unrelated food ingredient.

New Study in Nutrition Journal Debunks Myths: Fructose and Added Sugars Should Not be Singled Out as Unique Causes of Obesity

October 30, 2013 – This study confirms what the scientific evidence has shown for years; consumption of fructose is not a unique factor in the rise in obesity rates in the U.S. As the researchers conclude, claims that fructose is somehow uniquely responsible for our nation’s obesity epidemic are not only wrong, they are counter-productive to finding effective solutions to this complex health crisis.

Yet Another Study Proves the Nutritional Equivalence of HFCS and Sugar, and the Safety of Fructose Consumption

September 3, 2013 – A new study published in Nutrition Research confirms what scientific data has demonstrated for years: Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are nutritionally equivalent. Furthermore, it shows that at normal levels of fructose consumption there are no adverse effects on energy regulating hormones, triglycerides or uric acid.

CRA Response to the Study Published in The Journal of Pediatrics on the Issue of Soda Consumption and Behavioral Problems in Children

August 12, 2013 – Current scientific research does not show any direct or causal link between soda consumption and behavioral problems in children. In this study, there were numerous limitations in the data, as acknowledged by the researchers, who concluded they were ‘not able to characterize the nature of the association between soft drinks and problem behaviors.’

Corn Refiners Association Response to Nature Communications Mouse Study

August 13, 2013 – Mice are not humans, and it simply is not possible to know how humans would react without testing them in the same way. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies animal studies as having low evidentiary value.

Statement by Corn Refiners Association President and CEO John W. Bode on the Recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Study on the Effects of Fructose on Liver Disease

June 25, 2013 – “The authors of the recent Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) have failed to prove anything about human consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other sugars. The flawed study proves nothing about the cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in humans under real world conditions.”

Corn Refiners Association Statement on Western District of New York Lawsuit

June 18, 2013 – A lawsuit filed against members of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) in the Western District of New York makes false and unsubstantiated claims about a safe and natural ingredient, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and an alleged link to diabetes.

Corn Refiners Association Welcomes Robert Swinford

May 28, 2013 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is pleased to welcome Robert Swinford to its team. He will serve as Counsel to CRA, working on congressional and regulatory affairs.

CRA’s Nancy Kohler Accepts Position at Grocery Manufacturers Association

May 7, 2013 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) congratulates Nancy Kohler on her new position with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Ms. Kohler, who has served as CRA’s Assistant Director of Policy and Operations since 2007, will be Director of Federal Affairs at GMA.

Corn Refiners Association Welcomes New President

March 25, 2013 – The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) today announced John W. Bode as its new President and C.E.O. John comes to the CRA with 30 years of experience as a lawyer/lobbyist in Washington, D.C., representing many prominent companies.

Corn Refiners Association Celebrates 100 Years

March 13, 2013 – In a gathering at the Library of Congress, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) and representatives of food, beverage, ingredient, and agricultural industries celebrated the history and accomplishments of the corn wet milling industry over the last century. 2013 marks 100 years since the trade association was founded.

Statement from J. Patrick Mohan, Interim President of the Corn Refiners Association, on the New York State Supreme Court’s Decision to Invalidate New York City’s Ban on Large Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

March 12, 2013 – “The recent decision by New York City to ban large, sugar-sweetened drinks was a misdirected attempt to solve the serious health issue of obesity and obesity-related diseases by seeking to demonize a specific product instead of looking for productive solutions. “The key to appropriate consumption is arming consumers with the information they need to make educated choices for themselves and their families.

New Study on Fructose Ignores “Real World” Dietary Habits to Make Poorly Supported Claims about Weight Gain

January 2, 2013 – A new “exploratory” study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) makes provocative claims about the effects of fructose on hunger and weight gain, but bases its conclusions on a test conducted on just 20 people who were fed massive doses of sugars in a manner that people do not consume in real life.