Maple Industry Relieved As FDA Drops 'Added Sugar' Proposal
It's a win for the maple industry. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says maple syrup and honey products won't have to include an "added sugar" label.
Maple producers said the label would be misleading to consumers who may believe the maple syrup wasn't pure.
The FDA is in the process of updating its nutrition facts label and will require an added sugars list.
FDA officials say they recognize the concerns of maple producers.
Jake Moser is president the Lewis County Maple Producers Association.
He says "it's nice that the FDA listened to the public, listened to the maple producers and readdressing their added sugar label because with maple, we are 100 percent we don't add sugar to our syrup. Our syrup comes natural from the tree."
The FDA says it anticipates issuing final guidance on labeling by early next year.