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 list their pure products as containing added sugars on the nutrition label 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 passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. It heads to the House next.

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.

South Dakota ranks second nationally in honey production, behind North Dakota.