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Proposed MAPLE Act to Send Fakes Down the Drain

26 October 2011 1,570 views 4 Comments

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.

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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.

More on the MAPLE Act:

Tasty Touring Maple Coverage:

  • Austin Maple Syrup Directory: List of maple syrup availability at Austin establishments
  • Reclaiming Maple: Why I’m passionate about maple syrup
  • The Rise and Fall of Maple: history, other regional syrups, government regulation, grades, VT vs. McDonalds
  • Maple Pride: harvest, regional pride, tourism, environment, health
  • The Envelope Please….Introducing the Austin Maple Syrup Guide
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    • Bgoldinbecker

      A related article: http://moneywatch.bnet.com/eco

      Go Team Maple!

    • http://twitter.com/GrubbusAllOver Eli Castro

      Late to the game on this one, but HELL YES. The number of times I have recieved artificially flavored corn syrup when places claim the real deal is startling. Have considered keeping a flask of the real stuff around for such situations.

    • http://twitter.com/GrubbusAllOver Eli Castro

      Late to the game on this one, but HELL YES. The number of times I have recieved artificially flavored corn syrup when places claim the real deal is startling. Have considered keeping a flask of the real stuff around for such situations.

    • http://twitter.com/GrubbusAllOver Eli Castro

      Late to the game on this one, but HELL YES. The number of times I have recieved artificially flavored corn syrup when places claim the real deal is startling. Have considered keeping a flask of the real stuff around for such situations.