King Challenges FDA Proposal For 'Sugar Added' Labels On Honey And Maple Products

Jun 13, 2018

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, asks a question during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
Credit Susan Walsh

Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is urging the Food and Drug Administration to back off a requirement that natural honey and maple products carry the label of “sugar added.”

King made his case on the floor of the Senate.  “This would have a significant impact on these industries nationwide," he said.  "And these are important businesses. In Maine maple syrup is a $20 million a year business."

King said the FDA is well intentioned in trying to inform consumers of calorie content. But he said the yet-to-be-finalized requirement ignores the fact that no sugar is actually added to either product.

“Most people, when you say when they are going to put an added sugar on a label for maple syrup, they think it’s kind of funny. It’s not funny to the industry," he said. "So, I can’t resist, Mr. President - I’m hoping for a sweet ending to a sticky mess.”