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alexd

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New maple syrup laws crack down on bogus impostors


Watch out, mock maple syrup makers: it's about to get a lot harder to pass off a knock-off as the bona-fide Canadian breakfast-table staple.

After nearly a decade of talks among governments, food regulators and the industry, new rules are being adopted across North America to ensure consumers have a better idea of what kind of maple syrup they're buying.

The changes, which will come into effect over the next two years, will harmonize the grading system for maple syrup produced in Canada and the United States.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is also adopting a new system for classing pure maple syrup by colour.

And labels will include new "flavour descriptors" so consumers can get a better idea of how the various shades of syrup are likely to vary in taste.

Earlier this summer, the CFIA said changes are needed to "modernize" the way maple syrup is classified, and that the International Maple Syrup Institute has asked for the changes.

Maple syrups labelled "No. 1" often sell best, Canadian syrup sellers say — even though consumers generally prefer the richer taste of "Canada No. 2."

Senator Nancy Greene Raine says the new regulations will also help marketers of pure maple products crack down on fraudsters who sell maple syrup that is often little more than flavoured sugar water.

Canada makes more than 80 per cent of the world's supply of maple syrup, with the U.S. producing the rest.


Canadian Press


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alexd

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I am one of those who like the darker grades of maple syrup , but find it impossible to find anywhere in Toronto.
 

coleridge

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I am one of those who like the darker grades of maple syrup , but find it impossible to find anywhere in Toronto.
Doesn't that guy in the bottom of St. Lawrence Market sell the darker grades?

I'm pretty sure you can also find them at high end grocery stores like Pusateri's , McEwan and the Cheese Boutique to name a few.
 

Liability

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I am one of those who like the darker grades of maple syrup , but find it impossible to find anywhere in Toronto.
There is a farmer's market on Saturday at Wychwood Barns. There is a maple syrup dealer there that has a bunch which I believe includes darker grades.
 

djfear

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My gf accidentally bought one of those maple syrup bottles that wasn't actually maple syrup. I'll see if I can post a pic tonight.
 
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Jeffsus

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Come to Waterloo farmer's market if you want quality maple syrup.

But,

If the consumers can't tell the difference between flavoured sugar water and the real thing, then.... you know... does the difference matter?

-jM
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Bernnie Federko

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St Lawrence North Market on Saturdays, outside of the main doors to the left a smudge. That guy has that super dark Maple syrup that's Uber Maple style.
 

kirstenmeows

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Forbes Wild Foods is my 'go to' for maple syrup (and wild rice and a lot of other yummy stuff). You can usually find them at farmers' markets throughout the city or buy online. I highly recommend them. :) Forbes Wild Food
 
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