A study which found trace levels of mercury in corn syrup is being challenged by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) over what it calls "outdated information of dubious significance."
The study, which was published in the journal Environmental Health, sampled high fructose corn syrup from three manufacturers and found mercury levels between 0.005 to 0.570 micrograms mercury per gram. The study says the average consumption of high fructose corn syrup in the U.S. is 50 grams per day.
But the CRA says its product is safe and has continually been proven so by the government.
"It is important that Americans are provided accurate, science-based information. They should know that high fructose corn syrup is safe," said CRA president Audrae Erickson. "In 1983, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration formally listed high fructose corn syrup as safe for use in food and reaffirmed that decision in 1996."
The CRA has been on a PR campaign recently to help change the public perception of corn syrup which included a nationwide ad campaign which challenges the idea that the product is bad for children.