Selling Fake Maple Syrup? Go Directly to Jail!
You can have your fake fromage, your substitute sweeteners and your bogus beer, but go artificial with our maple syrup? Never, say Vermont and Maine senators!
Turns out, enough companies are involved in syrup shams that senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (Get it? The MAPLE Act), CNN reports, that would make selling imitation maple syrup a felony with a possible five years in the slammer.
“I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple syrup at all,” Leahy says in a statement, according to the network. “… We need to make sure that those who intentionally deceive consumers get a trip to jail, not a slap on the wrist.”
Who knew selling mock maple was so sticky? CNN reports peddling fake maple syrup is now a misdemeanor with a two year max sentence. Hey, you wanna be a sap and do the artificial crime? You gotta do the real time. Now, excuse us, we’ve got waffles that demand a maple syrup drizzling—make that drenching—to attend to.
There’s more to maple syrup than pancakes and waffles. How about soup, cake, and pie, for starters?