Probe of fruc­tose im­pact urged

Manila Times - - REGION - EU­GENE Y. ADIONG

BA­COLOD CITY: into the im­pact to the do­mes­tic sugar in­dus­try of the in­creas­ing im­por­ta­tion of high fruc­tose corn syrup (HFCS).

- said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in aid of leg­is­la­tion, is aimed “at pro­tect­ing the in­ter­ests of our small do­mes­tic sugar in­dus­try.”

The HFCS is a pro­cessed sugar sub­sti­tute de­rived from corn­starch and is com­monly used in the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try in com­bi­na­tion with ta­ble sugar or su­crose.

- and preser­va­tive im­ported over 766,890 met­ric tons from the years 2011 to 2016 for use in the for­mu­la­tion of com­mer­cial food­stuff. Food com­pa­nies’ shift to HFCS and the in­creas­ing vol­ume of their use of it is one of the fac­tors that has led to the drop in prices of lo­cally pro­duced sugar.

The res­o­lu­tion also cites that con­tin­ued de­crease in sugar prices af­fects the liveli­hood of thou­sands of farm­ers and the sugar in­dus­try as a whole.

“The neg­a­tive im­pact of in­creas­ing im­por­ta­tion of HFCS makes it hard for sugar pro­duc­ers and small farm­ers to re­coup their ex­penses,” the res­o­lu­tion pointed out.

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