The sugar bush, which is the name given to the hillsides of sugar maple trees, where the sap is collected, has to have records showing that the trees have not been treated with any prohibited substances. No spraying of pesticides, herbicides, etc. is allowed in adjacent areas. Because the majority of the heavy-producing sugar bush areas are remote in New England and Canada, it is fairly easy to ensure organic "sap".
Any substance that could prolong the flow of sap (i.e formaldehyde or other substances) is prohibited.
The sugar house, where the sap is concentrated or boiled into Maple Syrup must be an approved Organic sugar house.
All organic maple syrup must be certified by an approved organic certifying agency. The USDA’s NOP program (National Organic Program) certifies the agencies. Dutch Gold and McLure’s are certified by PCO (Pennsylvania Certified Organic) who inspects our facilities on behalf of the USDA. McLure's only accepts maple syrup from producers that are certified organic by an NOP approved certifier; furthermore the certifier must have physically visited the organic producing area.
How does McLure's maintain the integrity of Organic Maple Syrup?
All organic maple syrup is stored in a segregated area to prevent co-mingling organic and non-organic product.
Organic maple syrup is only processed after all equipment has been completely flushed with hot water and PCO approved chemicals. The system is flushed with fresh water. All of our equipment is completely clean and emptied of all prior maple syrup.
All labels must be approved by PCO before they go into production.
McLure's must be able to track 100% of the organic maple syrup; this is inspected yearly by organic inspectors.
Maple Syrup is a wholesome product created in a natural process by boiling the sap of maple trees. Proteins are associated with most true food allergies, and are found in peanuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, fish crustacea, tree nuts and wheat. Maple Syrup itself contains no protein. The major component of Maple Syrup are simple sugars.
Allergic reactions stemming from the consumption of Maple Syrup are very uncommon.
Does Maple Syrup contain Trans Fats? ?
Maple Syrup is a natural product produced from the sap of maple trees. Maple syrup is predominantly carbohydrate and does not contain any fat. Because no fat is present, there can be no trans fat. ?
Why doesn't McLure's list Trans Fats on their Nutritional Labels? ?
Because maple syrup contains 8 or more nutrients with a declared value of zero, maple syrup qualifies for "simplified" nutritional panel format. Since no claim is made about fat, fatty acid or cholesterol content, and the amount of trans fat is less than .5 grams, declaration of trans fat is not necessary in the "simplified" format.
In compliance with the FDA's trans fat labeling rule, McLure's currently meets the requirements for the simplified format and is not obligated to make any label changes.
The trans fat labeling rule from July 11, 2003 Federal Register can be found at: