MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In the maple-rich areas of New England and the upper Midwest, producers don’t approve of fakers.

Last week, industry groups from Vermont to Michigan sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration protesting food labeled as maple that doesn’t contain the real thing.

They say products such as Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal and Hood maple walnut ice cream are misbranded, in violation of FDA regulations, because they don’t contain maple syrup, derived from heating sap from maple trees.

The maple producers want the FDA to take enforcement action to either remove the maple branding from the products or have the companies add maple syrup to them.


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