MAPLE Act would sting syrup fakes
October 26th, 2011
12:01 AM ET
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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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soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. dogismyth

    holy crap....look at all these comments. I could care less about maple syrup. You SOBs must be really bored.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  2. Pup

    I don't get it. Anyone who has had the real Maple Syrup, could surely detect a fake and not buy it twice.

    October 29, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  3. #OccupyTime

    Tick Tock Watch the Clock. Did you remember to secure the lock?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  4. TJW

    What about processed orange juice labeled as "fresh squeezed"? Yogurt that is 15 to 20 percent xanthan gum and other fillers? Same with sour cream? Does the FDA still exist??

    October 28, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • who do dat

      xanthan gum ? WTH?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • lagne

      Any food outside its most natural state is "processed." Tomatoes: not processed; whole chicken breasts; processed. Oranges: not processed; orange juice of any kind, produced anywhere, even your own kitchen: processed. You get the idea.

      OJ can be sold as "fresh squeezed" because it IS initially fresh-squeezed – it's not a lie. Misleading? Sure. But not untrue.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  5. Pierre M.

    I even saw Organic Maple Syrup labels while I lived in the USA. In Quebec, where we produce 80% of all sugar maple products in the world, we call it PURE maple syrup. There is no such thing as organic maple syrup.

    October 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
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