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It’s Official: USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading Standards

USA grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday, January 29. The rule changes comes in response to a petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, saying the different grading systems in different states made it confusing to consumers.

The new standards make all maple syrup available at retail Grade A. The new classes for Grade A maple syrup include Golden Color/Delicate Taste, Amber Color/Rich Taste, Dark Color/Robust Taste and Very Dark Color/Strong Taste.

Similar standards were recently adopted by Canada’s Food Inspection Agency and have been in place in Vermont for approximately a year now.

The announcement was published in the Federal Register on January 29th. The new standards for maple syrup go into effect on March 2, 2015.

To learn more about the history of the change to grading standards, check out our post: Maple Grade Changes in Vermont.

Here’s how the new grades stack up: