New Maple Syrup “Flavours” … Sort Of …

New Maple Syrup “Flavours” … Sort Of …

Today is “National Maple Syrup Day,” so it seems suitable to post that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reports that the Canadian Government has announced new maple products regulations touted to help the Canadian industry market and sell maple products both in North America and around the world.

Canada is responsible for about 85 percent of the world’s maple syrup production — that makes it an important and unique industry. The United States produces only about 16 percent.

Cooking maple sap at Snyder Heritage Farms (Photo: WREats).

Cooking maple sap at Snyder Heritage Farms (Photo: WREats).

“The changes harmonize the definition and grading system in the United States and Canada, and give consumers more consistent and relevant information about different varieties of maple syrup,” according to the CFIA.

The new standards will modernize how maple syrup is graded and classified: there will be four colour classes with descriptions such as “golden maple syrup with a delicate taste” at one end of the spectrum to “very dark maple syrup with a strong taste.”

It will take about two-years for implementation to allow the industry to prepare for the new requirements. But it doesn’t matter: maple syrup will taste just as good!

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