Quaker Oats News: Maple Syrup Producers Hits FDA About Misleading Labels

Mar 08, 2016 05:50 AM EST | By Shilpa Chakravorty

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A group of industrial people belonging from the Vermont to Michigan informed about the food products in the market labeled as containing Maple but without the real maple content in the product, in the form of a letter.

They mentioned about few specific products like the Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal and Hood Maple walnut ice cream. They have violated the FDA regulations since maple is not listed in the label, according to CNBC.

When asked, Quaker Oats refused to leave any comments.

"Maple syrup-derived from heating sap from maple trees - is a premium product and sweetener and for that reason a number of companies imply that a product contains maple without the ingredient being present," said Roger Brown, chairman of the Maple Industry Committee of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.

As per Roger the committee has persuaded the FDA to look into the matter for the sake of the consumers and Maple Syrup makers.

Brown, owner of slope side owner said, ""My main beef is put syrup in it if you're going to call it syrup. My secondary beef is if you're going to call it a maple thing, put enough maple in it that it's a maple product and that it's not a corn syrup product that has some minuscule amount of syrup in it."

A group of maple syrup producers from Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont and Wisconsin including the International Maple Syrup Institute and the North American Maple Syrup Council gave the letter to the FDA, reported The Daily Meal.

The letter given by the association said, "This unchecked misbranding has an adverse impact on manufacturers of products containing real maple syrup, as it allows cheaper products not containing premium ingredients to compete with those actually containing maple syrup. Further, it deceives consumers into believing they are purchasing a premium product when, in fact, they have a product of substantially lower quality."

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