The family of a 14-year-old girl in Buffalo, New York says that her diabetes is related to high fructose corn syrup consumption and is filing a lawsuit as a result. Jay Michael Hayes, attorney in Buffalo, New York, is representing the family and says that studies link high fructose corn syrup to different disease, including type 2 diabetes.
Hayes says that the industry is doing nothing to alert the public and thinks there should be a warning label on all products containing high fructose corn syrup for product liability, as is contributes to certain diseases. In a California lawsuit, the manufacturers are telling people it's the same thing as sugar and it's not. Hayes says that it's man-made and artificial, with different physiological effects on the body.
Hayes believes the defense will use the argument that high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar and will dispute studies and science. Hayes, however, says that "science is science," and high fructose corn syrup is "stealth-like" and in so many "healthy" products.