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Mar 13, 2016 4:15 PM

NH, VT congressional members urge FDA to stop fake maple claims

The state’s entire congressional delegation is joining with Vermont’s to go after unscrupulous businesses that claim to sell "maple" syrup that has no maple sugar at all in it.

They wrote the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging it to go after these firms for engaging in false labeling products sold in interstate commerce.

"Product after product is cited that touts "maple" boldly on the front of the package, along with iconic images of maple sugaring, but show no maple at all on the ingredients list," they wrote the FDA.

"These practices seem to intentionally mislead consumers who get cheap, industrially produced sweeteners and artificial flavors rather than the pure and genuine natural product they believe they have purchased. At the same time, sugar makers lose markets and income while the premium reputation of genuine maple syrup is damaged as consumers become used to inferior imitations."

The FDA says it will review the letter and respond to the petitioner, according to the Associated Press.

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