Proposed MAPLE Act to Send Fakes Down the Drain
My fellow Maple Syrup fans (and those who love us), today is a great day! It may forever go down in history as the day that saved REAL maple syrup.
As loyal readers know, I am extremely passionate about maple syrup. Having been born in Canada, my parents would take me to sugar shacks every spring, and we would visit pancake houses where the maple syrup flowed freely.
Today, six senators from New York, Maine, and Vermont, led by chief sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), introduced the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act. The legislation would make trying to pass off fake maple syrup as the real deal a felony offense — leading to big fines and up to five years in jail.
“I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell genuine Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple syrup at all,” Leahy said.
I am now going to take a swig of that REAL maple syrup in my pantry — both in celebration and in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in the Northeast and on Capitol Hill today.
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