Syrup makers falsely passing off products as authentic maple syrup might soon find themselves in a very sticky situation.
Senators Patrick Leahy from Vermont and Susan Collins from Maine introduced legislation last week that would make the fraudulent sale of maple syrup a felony offense, the senators said in a statement.
“I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple syrup at all,” Leahy said.
The bill is called the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement or MAPLE Act and if passed, would increase the punishment for selling imitation maple syrup to a five year maximum penalty.
Currently, the sale of fraudulent maple syrup is only a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison. Leahy said that simply isn’t enough to protect consumers and producers of authentic maple syrup.
“We need to make sure that those who intentionally deceive consumers get a trip to jail, not a slap on the wrist,” Leahy said.
Leahy said the bill will increase consumer confidence and protect the economic livelihood of New Englanders.
“Fake labeling not only hurts this growing agricultural industry, but also defrauds consumers who have the right to know exactly what they are purchasing,” Collins said.
The MAPLE Act is co-sponsored by Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine and New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
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