SEATTLE — PCC Natural Markets’ shelves are now free of products containing high fructose corn syrup. “PCC began the process of eliminating products with HFCS several months ago,” said Paul Schmidt, director of merchandising for PCC, in a statement. “We gave our vendors the opportunity to reformulate and repackage products containing HFCS, with the understanding that compliance with our HFCS-free standard was expected within a reasonable length of time. Their response was very positive and we have replaced items across our product line with HFCS-free offerings that we and our shoppers can feel good about.” HFCS is a popular ingredient in products including soft drinks, condiments and baked goods because it’s less expensive than sweeteners like cane sugar, it’s easier to blend and it can contribute to a longer shelf life, according to PCC. The retailer decided to eliminate products containing the ingredient since it’s been linked to obesity and other health-related problems. PCC sells a wide variety of snacks and other food products containing natural sweeteners that are thought to be healthier including evaporated cane juice, molasses, honey, maple syrup and stevia.
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