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King Challenges FDA Proposal For 'Sugar Added' Labels On Honey And Maple Products

Susan Walsh

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is urging the Food and Drug Administration to back off a requirement that natural honey and maple products carry the label of “sugar added.”

King made his case on the floor of the Senate.  “This would have a significant impact on these industries nationwide," he said.  "And these are important businesses. In Maine maple syrup is a $20 million a year business."

King said the FDA is well intentioned in trying to inform consumers of calorie content. But he said the yet-to-be-finalized requirement ignores the fact that no sugar is actually added to either product.

“Most people, when you say when they are going to put an added sugar on a label for maple syrup, they think it’s kind of funny. It’s not funny to the industry," he said. "So, I can’t resist, Mr. President - I’m hoping for a sweet ending to a sticky mess.”

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.