Sir; Further to the World View article (The Grocer, 24 June, p63), it is worth stressing that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a natural product produced from US cornfields, is not an artificial ingredient.

HFCS is made from corn. Like table sugar, it is composed of fructose and glucose, which are found in many other naturally occurring foods and it contains no artificial or synthetic materials or colouring additives.

The US Food and Drug Administration has concluded that 'natural' flavours include products derived from processes such as corn refining.

HFCS can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet. In 1983, the FDA certified HFCS 'generally recognised as safe', and reaffirmed this in 1996. The American Dietetic Association agrees that consumers can safely enjoy a range of nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners when eaten as part of a healthy diet.