New Grading System For Maple Syrup

As if timing the spring sap flow of Ohio's maple trees is enough, Buckeye maple syrup producers are facing regulatory changes in the coming year.

Published on: Jan 8, 2014

Maple syrup grades are changing and the Food and Drug Administration's is enacting a manadatory registration process for maple syrup producers this year.

The new international grading system for maple syrup and new food safety requirements for maple syrup producers will be two of the featured topics at 2014's Ohio Maple Days.The workshops are scheduled for Jan. 23 in Morrow County, Jan. 24 for Wayne and Holmes counties, and Jan. 25 in Geauga County. The topics will be the same at each location.

"The laws and regulations to produce any type of food are changing, and maple products are no different," says organizer Gary Graham, a specialist and educator with Ohio State University Extension. "There's a mandatory registration process with the FDA, and the grades for maple syrup are changing internationally and nationally.

New Grading System For Maple Syrup
New Grading System For Maple Syrup

"Participants will learn all about these changes and will go home with materials to help them bring their operations into compliance."

The workshops are timed to help producers get ready for the coming season. Both hobby and commercial producers are welcome.

The locations of the workshops are:

•Jan. 23, Morrow County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Memorial Camp, 2790 State Route 61, Fulton.

•Jan. 24, Wayne and Holmes counties, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Christian Assembly Church, 10664 Fryburg Road near Fredericksburg.

•Jan. 25, Geauga County, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Joe J.S. Miller's Window Shop, 15020 Shedd Road, Burton.

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