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Sharp increase in use of sugar substitutes & misleading labels drive calls for full transparency 

(Washington, D.C. – November 19, 2020)  The Sugar Association’s Citizen Petition to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has garnered the support of more than 1,500 consumers across the United States.

“Consumers deserve greater transparency around alternative sweeteners in their food,” said Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, president and CEO of the Sugar Association.  “The broad public support generated to date reinforces the merit of our petition and sends a strong signal to FDA that consumers demand Agency action on this important food labeling issue.”

The Campaign for Sweetener Transparency (CST) is an initiative of the Sugar Association in support of the FDA Petition it filed in June seeking comprehensive reform of the labeling of sugar substitutes in foods and beverages. The petition calls for changes that will result in full transparency and an end to confusing and misleading sweetener information on food packages. Individuals can still demonstrate their support throughout November by signing a Change.org petition created by the Campaign for Sweetener Transparency.  The petition and the names of those that sign it, will be sent in early December to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Hahn.

The use of artificial and other low- and no-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages has increased more than 300% in the past five years. These ingredients can now be found in many everyday products consumers don’t expect like breads, cereals, granola bars, yogurt, ice cream, fruit snacks and children’s beverages.  But it can be difficult to figure out if these ingredients are in products because the FDA only requires food companies to list the chemical names on food labels.

“The fight for artificial sweetener labeling reform will help consumers – especially parents – make informed decisions when they shop.  I urge individuals that feel the same way to join our cause and send your comments to FDA today,” concluded Dr. Gaine.

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The Sugar Association, founded in 1943, is the scientific voice of the U.S. sugar industry. The association is committed to making a difference by continuously supporting scientific research and sharing its knowledge that there’s more to sugar by increasing consumer understanding of and confidence in the role that sugar plays in a nutritious, balanced and enjoyable diet. The Sugar Association represents nearly 12,000 sugar beet and sugar cane growers, as well as processors and refiners of sugar. The U.S. sugar industry generates 142,000 jobs in 22 states and contributes $20 billion to the economy annually. For more information, visit www.sugar.org, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and connect with us on Facebook.

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