The M.A.P.L.E. Act

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by menotyou, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    A felony? A federal offense? Really?

    [h=1]Fake maple syrup sours sweet image[/h][h=5]New York's U.S. senators seek federal felony for passing off the cheap stuff as the real thing[/h][h=5]By KYLE GLAZIER Hearst Washington bureau[/h][h=5]Published 10:25 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2011[/h]

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Life won't be sweet for anyone caught selling counterfeit maple syrup if U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer get their way.
    The New York Democrats are cosponsoring a bill that would make mislabeling a food product as "maple syrup" a federal offense. The Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement Act -- the acronym is not accidental -- also has the backing of Vermont's Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, as well as Maine's Susan Collins.
    The announcement comes in the wake of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigation that revealed a Rhode Island man was packaging and selling a "maple syrup" that contained no maple syrup at all, just much cheaper cane sugar syrup.
    This sort of food fraud is currently a misdemeanor, but would be a felony under the MAPLE Act. It would also increase the maximum sentences prosecutors could seek against syrup counterfeiters: If the bill becomes law, bottling fake syrup could carry a five-year prison sentence.
    After Vermont, New York is the second-biggest producer of maple syrup in the nation. The state produced 564,000 gallons of maple syrup, according to latest figures. Producers sell the retail product at $45 to $50 a gallon, depending on quality.
    "Maple farmers across New York state produce some of the highest-quality syrup in the world," said Schumer. "We need to crack down on individuals trying to pass off fake syrup as the real thing, so that our farmers can compete fair and square. The only thing that should be flowing over mom's pancakes is good, pure, New York maple syrup."
    Gillibrand said the bill would protect consumers, who would be less likely to wind up paying a premium price for a cheap substitute. The cane sugar product sold in the Rhode Island scheme contained about 2 percent of maple syrup value.
    "This bill ensures that producers of real maple syrup can sell their product in an honest market and that consumers know what they're paying for," Gillibrand said.

    Read more: Fake maple syrup sours sweet image - Times Union
  2. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Sweet pork
  3. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    With French Toast. Yum.
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  5. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Glad to see Dems. attacking the real, no one but N.Y. will be able to have a maple tree.
  6. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I actually agree with that law.
    I'm totally against misleading packaging or ingredients listed on products.

    I want to know what it truley is, and sometimes even the full content of it.

    Why would I want to pay more for something, that isn't the real thing ? (In the above case, pay more for maple syrup, even though it's regular syrup).
    That's a total rip off !
    Just like selling you a used car, saying it has a brand new rebuilt engine in it, but in reality just a brand new tiny engine part.

    Selling items knowing they are fake, should be Grand theft, esspecially if you do it in many quantaties.
  7. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Yeah, I want honest labeling......BUT there are so many other HUGE problems needing to be dealt with before the maple syrup ring.
  8. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    We all want honest labeling, but when kids are starving in American streets, I think worrying about aunt jemima being labeled as real pales.
  9. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  11. The Other Side

    The Other Side Well-Known Troll Troll

    Its a state issue, not a national one.
  12. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Yes, the "state" of mind of a nut who wants to baneverything but tofu!!!