Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new federal farm bill ensures that maple syrup and honey producers won’t have to label their pure products as containing added sugars as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had once proposed.

The FDA had reconsidered its plan after maple producers protested their products have no added sugars and they are being included unfairly in new nutritional label guidelines. It acknowledged the labeling was confusing.

The federal farm bill was signed Monday by a conference committee. It heads to the House next.

Alternative labeling options for pure maple syrup and honey were expected to be released next year.

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont tweeted Tuesday that the labeling exemption is a big win for Vermont maple syrup. The state is the largest producer of maple syrup in the country.

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