Introduced by Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District and Senator Snelling of Chittenden District
Subject: Agriculture; maple products
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require any labeling of maple syrup, pure maple product, and blended maple product in which the maple syrup used originated outside the state of Vermont to identify the point of origin and manufacture of such syrup or product.
AN ACT RELATING TO MAPLE PRODUCT LABELS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 6 V.S.A. § 490 is amended to read:
§ 490. LABELS
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(e)(1) Any labeling of maple syrup, pure maple product, and blended maple product in which the maple syrup used originated outside the state of Vermont shall identify the point of origin and manufacture of such syrup or product, including but not limited to maple syrup, maple cream, maple candy, granulated maple sugar, and other maple products as determined in rule by the secretary. Identification of the point of origin shall be located on the principal display panel in letters at least one-half the size of the largest letters on the container and shall be placed such that it is easily visible and understandable under normal and customary conditions of display. If the point of origin was within the United States, the state of origin shall be identified as “Product of Maine” or “Maine Maple Syrup.” If the point of origin was within Canada, this origin shall be identified as “Product of Canada” or “Canadian Maple Syrup.” An alternative manner of identifying the point of origin may be used if approved in writing by the secretary.
(2) If maple syrup from different states or countries is blended together, the point of origin shall be identified by stating in descending order the percentage of the contents originating in each state or country concerned. The percentage from each state or country shall also be clearly labeled on the principal display panel alongside the name of each state or country. Nonspecific point of origin descriptions such as “Product of the United States and Canada” shall not be used.
(3) The word “Vermont” shall not be used anywhere on a container of maple syrup, maple product, blended maple product, or maple flavored product if the maple syrup used to manufacture the product was produced outside the state of Vermont, unless the word “Vermont” is part of the packer’s name. When the packer’s name contains the word “Vermont,” the word “Vermont” may not be used in any location, size, or manner on the label which may have the potential of misleading consumers as to the actual state or country in which such syrup or product originated. If the word “Vermont” is used in the packer’s name on the principal display panel, the word “Vermont” shall be located on the bottom 30 percent of the label and shall be no larger than one‑half the size of the point‑of‑origin identification.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
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