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USDA introduces new maple syrup grading system

Caitlin McGrath | Feb 25, 201501:56 PM

The USDA has just introduced a new (voluntary) grade classification for pure maple syrup, so we can expect to see the change on labels coming down the pike. According to what I've read, a big reason for the change is the growing popularity of Grade B syrup, prompting a shift from the old system, in which A was presented as superior to B.

Now, instead of just Grade A Light Amber and Dark Amber, Grade B, and Commercial for reprocessing, everything but the last (which isn't considered fit for retail sale) will be Grade A, with new descriptors for flavor as well as color. Apparently, the goal is clarification for consumers, but before clarification, I'm sure confusion will reign.

Here's a short article about the changes:

And here's a chart comparing the old and new classifications:

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