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Maple Syrup News February 2011

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    Maple syrup producer makes case at session of red tape reduction body

    If David Briggs plans to sell maple syrup to his neighbour, he doesn't have to fill out any paperwork.

    But if the owner of Riverview's Briggs Maples Ltd. wants to peddle his various maple products in Amherst, N.S. or outside the country, there are forms to fill out and a licence required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

    "Why is it any different, that we have to be regulated to sell to a consumer outside our province versus a consumer inside our province?" Briggs said in an interview Friday.

    On behalf of the Albert County Chamber of Commerce, he presented a three-page list of regulatory compliance burdens entrepreneurs in his community face to the federal Red Tape Reduction Commission, which was in Saint John on Friday for a consultation.

    Catherine Swift often hears about struggles such as the ones Briggs encounters with unnecessary and ineffective regulation.

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    Maple Season: Snow Helps and Hampers Maple Syrup Producers

    The mountains of snow that have buried the Northeast this winter will have a sweet — and just slightly bitter — taste for the region’s maple syrup producers.

    Sweet because an abundance of snow actually helps with the production of the sap that is boiled down to produce syrup. But bitter because, well, too much snow is just as much a chore for maple syrup producers to deal with as it is for the rest of us.

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    Maple Syrup now on the menu at McDonald's

    "You folks here are very, very serious about your maple," said Susanne Barham of McDonald's.

    So serious, that real Vermont maple sugar or syrup is now offered in McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal at every restaurant in the Green Mountains. Vermont's governor tried some for himself Tuesday morning.

    "I'm honored that McDonald's has agreed to put Vermont maple sugar in their oatmeal," said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

    WCAX News was first to tell you about the Agency of Agriculture going after the fast food chain for violating the state's maple labeling law-- advertising Fruit and Maple Oatmeal but not using real maple.

    So now the golden arches agreed to switch gears at its 28 locations in Vermont and offer customers 100 percent maple sugar made by Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville. After this win, the Shumlin administration wants to expand the Vermont maple sugar offering to other northeastern markets and offer maple for their other breakfast items.

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    Safety crackdown surprises maple syrup producers

    Just as Ontario's maple syrup producers are preparing to run lines and tap sugar maples for the 2011 harvest, word has hit that enforcement of regulations governing furnace oil-fired evaporators and finishers could affect some Ontario producers.

    The regulations aren't new, said Dan Ward, an engineer with Ontario's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs who specializes in Technical Standards and Safety Association (TSSA) regulations. “All of this had been around for a long time, since 2001, I believe,” he said, “but the issue keeps surfacing once in a while.”

    He noted that TSSA inspectors have the authority to conduct surprise inspections of oil-fired evaporators to ensure they meet the requirements of the TSSA code under provincial regulations.

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