For Maine’s honey, maple producers, FDA’s label decision is sweet to hear

Maine’s maple and honey producers received some sweet news this week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was backing off from a move that would have required the all-natural products to list “added sugar” as an ingredient on their labels.

On Thursday the FDA released a statement confirming that when the new labeling guidelines about the added sugars are released next year, pure maple syrup and honey producers will be exempt.

“This is good news,” Richard McLaughlin, master beekeeper and president of the Maine State Beekeepers Association, said Friday morning. “There was a lot of concern expressed by our beekeepers that [added sugar] on the labels would mislead consumers.”

Pure maple and honey are sweet due to the presence of naturally occurring fructose and glucose sugars, nothing else added in.

The proposed label requirements were part of an FDA campaign aimed at educating consumers about excess sugar in their diets.



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