Testing For Adulterated Syrup Products
The IMSI supports and facilitates an adulteration testing service for its membership and places very high priority on this program. It is noteworthy that in 2011 the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets reported that one of the syrup samples submitted for adulteration testing using the IMSI’s program was found to test positive for adulteration with test results indicating that the sample was 100% cane sugar. This case has been taken to court by the US Food and Drug Administration and a conviction was obtained. This single adulteration test finding was also considered when Vermont legislators recently introduced proposed legislation at the federal level to stiffen penalties, making adulteration of maple syrup a felony.