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Maine maple syrup, honey producers not so sweet on nutrition label change


Maine maple syrup, honey producers not so sweet on nutrition label change


MaryAnne Kinney, whose family owns Kinney’s Sugarhouse in Knox, is planning her own one-woman march on Washington, D.C., in June to protest a proposed federal regulation that would require maple syrup labels to indicate the product contains “added sugar.” Some Maine maple producers are upset by impending FDA regulation that says the label on syrup (and honey) must say that it has “added sugar.” Staff photo by Joel Page Maple syrup is naturally high in sugar – so high it triggers the new requirement, which was designed to help consumers follow updated federal nutrition guidelines and alert them to excess sugar in their diets that could contribute to health problems such as obesity and diabetes.

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