Sugar Users Use Halloween as Time to Boo Sugar Policy

The Coalition for Sugar Reform - representing candy companies and other industrial sugar users - released two news pieces yesterday saying there are four scary reasons Congress should reform the U.S. sugar program. The coalition calls the program one of the last remaining Depression-era ghosts. One news release said 600-thousand jobs are in jeopardy - that three manufacturing jobs are lost for every protected sugar-growing job - that the program costs consumers and businesses 3.5-billion dollars each year - and consumers pay a hidden tax on their Halloween treats. Coalition Chairman and National Confectioners Association President Larry Graham says no matter what costume the sugar lobby puts on the program - it is a tax in disguise. American Sugar Alliance Spokesman Phillip Hayes says the releases are petty and inappropriate just hours after millions of Americans had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy. Hayes says government leaders are rightly focused on helping communities pick up the pieces. He says America has more important things to deal with right now than bickering over a successful no-cost sugar policy.

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