Corn Syrup Spoof Ad with a scandal on the side

posted January 29, 2009

kingcornThe High Fructose Corn Syrup crowd’s latest slogan is “You’re in for a Sweet Surprise”.  Indeed.

A study released this week contends that High Fructose Corn Syrup, found in everything from pepsi to cereals and lots in between, contains Mercury.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012601831.html

For a dose of hilarity, visit our friends at King Corn and then watch their Corn Syrup Commercial Spoof, side by side with a real one.

Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post piece:

Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

HFCS has replaced sugar as the sweetener in many beverages and foods such as breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments. On average, Americans consume about 12 teaspoons per day of HFCS, but teens and other high consumers can take in 80 percent more HFCS than average.

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply,” the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Dr. David Wallinga, a co-author of both studies, said in a prepared statement.