- Annual Reports
- Technical Booklets
- White Papers
- Industry Resources
- Carbohydrate Check Sample Program
- Other Resources
- CRA Statement on WHO Draft Guidelines on Sugar Intake
- CRA Statement on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Facts Label
- CRA Statement on Anti-dumping & Countervailing Duty Petitions
- CRA Statement on Western District of New York Lawsuit
- CRA Applauds Introduction of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
- CRA Response to Soda Consumption & Behavioral Problems Study
- CRA Response to Nature Communications Mouse Study
- CRA Statement on Study on the Effects of Fructose on Liver Disease
- CRA Statement on JAMA Internal Medicine Study
- CRA Welcomes Robert Swinford
- Corn Refiners Association Celebrates 100 Years
- CRA Applauds Updated TPA Legislation
- Kohler Accepts Position at GMA
- Statement on the Food & Drug Administration Denial of Petition
- Study Relies on Debunked Research and Pure Speculation In Effort To Blame HFCS for Autism
- CRA Responds to Colony Collapse Disorder Claims
- Sugar Industry Ramps Up Misinformation Campaign
- Corn Refiners Ask Court to Dismiss Case
- Response to UCLA Rat Study
- Statement on the New York State Supreme Court’s Decision
- New Study on Fructose Ignores “Real World” Dietary Habits
- New Study Alleging HFCS-Diabetes Link is Flawed and Misleading
- Sugar Industry’s Latest Move
- Sugar Industry in a Stretch: Pitching New Study To Create False Scientific Controversy
- Corn Refiners Counter Sue the Sugar Association
- CRA Statement on GHSU Study
- Inconclusive Fructose Study
- Sugar Lawyers Refile Claims Already Rejected By Court
- Sugar Industry “Shopping Mall” Survey Misleads Consumers
- Corn Refiners Applaud Passage of Free Trade Agreements
- Court Rejects Key Portions of Lawsuit
- Corn Refiners Urge Passage of Free Trade Agreements
- HFCS & Sugar: Studies Show No Meaningful Difference
- Corn Refiners Respond to Lawsuit
- Heart Disease Study Fails to Prove Increased Risk Factors
- CRA Commends Signing of Mexico Trucking Agreement
- Fairfax Schools Chocolate Milk Sweetener
- Corn Refiners Applaud Trade Accord with Colombia
- Deregulation of Corn Amylase Biotech Trait
- Mexico Trucking Dispute
- CRA Welcomes Korean Deal
- JASN Fructose Review
- New Study – Added Sugars & Heart Disease
- Focus on Fructose Misplaced
- Sugar Content Study Flawed
- CRA Petitions FDA for Use of "Corn Sugar"
- Sara Lee Swaps Corn Sugar for Cane/Beet Sugar
- Fructose Pancreatic Cancer Study
- Metabolic Syndrome Research
- Summer Sweets
- Furan Study Misleading
- Gross Errors in Princeton Study
- Duke Statement Flaws
- CBS News Health Report
- Citizens For Health Fails To Disclose Funding In Latest Smear Of HFCS
- Legal Merits of CRA's Right to Educate Consumers about HFCS Unaffected by Judge's Ruling on Member Companies
- New Study: Fructose and Added Sugars Should Not be Singled Out in Obesity
- Online Campaign Highlights Caloric Balance & Total Sugars, Not Type
- Study Proves the Nutritional Equivalence of HFCS and Sugar
- Sugar Industry Denies Misleading Public Despite Pay-for-Play Media Reports
- Corn Refiners Association Welcomes New President
- News Archives
- HFCS-Free False Health Halo
- HMF, Honeybees and HFCS
- AHA Study Leads to Confusion
- AMA Decision on HFCS
- Beverages & Feelings of Hunger
- Bipartisan Approach Aplauded
- Confusion About Sugars
- Court Ruling on Natural Labeling
- CRA Applauds Michener Appointment
- CRA Applauds Terpstra Nomination
- CRA Applauds Vilsack Nomination
- CRA Statement – King Corn
- Do Fad Diets Really Work?
- Expert Assessment: HFCS Mercury
- FDA Natural Clarification
- Fructose Confused With HFCS
- HFCS Mercury Study Flawed
- HFCS Mercury Study Outdated
- HFCS Natural Labeling
- High Fructose Corn Syrup & Mercury
- ILSI-USDA Workshop on HFCS
- Moms' Nutrition Concerns
- NBC News Nutrition Report
- No Reason to Switch
- Outstanding Researchers Honored
- Peru Trade Deal
- Proposed Florida Legislation
- Pure Fructose Confused With HFCS
- Statement on Peru Trade Agreement
- Sweet Surprise
- Sweetener Reformulations
- Test Your Sweet-Smarts
- Tests Find No Quantifiable Mercury
- Tips for Healthier Summer Eating
- Wake Up & Smell the Coffee
- Position Statements
2014 Carbohydrate Check Sample Program
Registrations for the 2014 Carbohydrate Check Sample Program are now closed. If you have questions, please send your request to Mark Empie at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “CCSP Inquiry” in the subject line or call (202) 331-1634.
What is the Carbohydrate Check Sample Program?
The CRA Carbohydrate Check Sample Program (CCSP) is designed for the corn refining industry and users of refined corn products. It allows laboratories testing corn wet-milled products to compare the precision of their testing methods with the performance of other labs doing the same types of analysis. Validation through a check sample program offers an important tool in maintaining analytical accuracy.
Who should participate in the CCSP?
Facilities that make or use products from the corn refining industry would benefit from this program.
How does it work?
Subscribers can participate in any or all of the six check sample series listed below:
For each series, subscribers receive product samples (from a variety of refining companies) at regular intervals, analyze them according to an established series of tests, and report their results via an online website. A statistical report, based on all test results, is generated and made available to subscribers online so that they can compare their own results with aggregate laboratory performance.
How can a facility sign up for the program?
To register for the program, participants should first select their payment method (credit card/PayPal or EFT/wire transfer/check) and then follow the link on the right hand side of this page that corresponds to a participant’s preferred payment method.* At that point, participants will be prompted to fill out a form indicating the sample requested, billing and shipping addresses, payment information, and a valid email address.
*Note for users paying by credit card/PayPal, please add www.corn.org to your browser’s security exceptions. The multi-part form requires a cookie to record your information. Instructions are available.
How is my payment amount calculated?
Pricing for the CCSP is based on two factors: sample type and shipment. Participants will be charged a flat fee for each sample type they sign up for. In 2014, the price for each sample type is as follows:
Then, participants will be charged for the cost of shipping samples to their destination. U.S. participants are charged a fee of $8 per shipment, while international participants’ shipping costs vary based on location.
International participants paying by wire transfer will be charged an additional fee of $25 to cover fees associated with those transactions.
What can I expect once a facility is registered for the program?
Participants will be emailed a confirmation of their enrollment and an invoice (if paying by wire transfer, EFT, or check) or receipt (if paying by credit card/PayPal) once the registration is received. Once enrolled in the program, subscribers will receive samples every six weeks starting in mid-January. Participants will receive information on logging into the Quickbase system for results entry at approximately the same time as the participant’s first samples are shipped. Results will be due four weeks from the day the samples are mailed out. The 2014 schedule is available here:
What should a participant do with the samples?
Participants should conduct the tests listed on the results sheet mailed with the samples or provided in advance via email. All tests should be done using the Corn Refiners Association’s (CRA) Analytical Methods or other specified methods. CRA Analytical Methods are available online at http://www.corn.org/publications/industry-resources/analytical-methods.
Once the results for the requested tests are known, they should be entered into the Quickbase system.
When are the results available?
Participants will receive an email when the aggregated results for a series are available online. In general, the reports become available shortly before the next series of samples is shipped.
Independent consultant Silliker Inc. administers the online results reporting and this is done on a strictly confidential basis to ensure there is no disclosure of individual company test results.