The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association has developed a Seal of Quality Program. The Association received funding from Grow Ontario and the Agriculture Adaptation Council to initiate this program.
The Seal of Quality is a producer led quality assurance program that allows Ontario maple producers to rate their maple operation from woodlot to packaged maple syrup. Under the program producers examine their production methods and identify areas for improvement using the best practices. A plan o faction is developed by the producer and the industry monitors it to ensure compliance with the criteria established by the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association for use of the Seal of Quality on their maple syrup. Consumers can be confident that the product they purchase with the seal has been made by conscientious maple syrup producers and is a totally natural product with a pure maple flavour.
The Seal of Quality appears on Canada #1 Extra Light, Light or Medium grade Ontario Maple Syrup. A brix reading between 66.5 and 67.5 offers the consumer a superior tasting maple product. Pure maple syrup is additive free that supplies users with thiamine, calcium and iron. Maple syrup must be refrigerated after opening. It may also be frozen to maintain the maple flavour. Two thirds of the maple syrup sold in stores is imported into Ontario. Ask for Ontario Seal of Quality Maple Syrup when buying.
Watch for the Ontario's Seal of Quality when buying your next supply of maple syrup. Producers have signs and certificates indicating they are producers of quality product.
A brochure outlining the program is available at your local OMAFRA office. As well producers can get more information on the web at www.info.ontariomaple.com or by calling the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association at 519-524-7474.