The FDA and Sugar

The FDA recently published a preliminary guidance document relating to the labeling of sugar? This is interesting for all those of us who use different sugars in our beverage products.

The guidance document relates to the labeling recommendations for ingredients currently declared as “Evaporated Cane Juice.” The main problem the FDA sees in current labeling practices is that it falsely suggests that the sweeteners are “from juice”. In reality, the liquid extracted from sugar cane is much closer to that of maple syrup than to traditional fruit or vegetable juice. Both of these plants (sugar cane and maple???) are not normally cooked and eaten or eaten raw; however, their sap is used as a sweetener. This is different from traditional juice because fruits and vegetables can be eaten in their original form or turned into juice.

Most types of sweeteners currently labeled as “evaporated cane juice” have more recognizable names such as molasses, raw sugar, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, muscovado sugar, and demerara sugar.

For more info from the FDA, please see