Maple Program

Description:

Program staff prepares and disseminates educational material for producers regarding requirements legislated by Regulation 119/11 of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 which includes labeling, grade standards and adulteration.

Under the Food Safety Monitoring Program, maple product samples are collected for analysis. Positive test results for lead levels in excess of Health Canada guidelines and those in non-compliance with Regulation 119/11 requirements are communicated to the producers and/or other government agencies, as required. When necessary, a Risk Management Specialist works with non-compliant producers to investigate and resolve issues related to maple labelling, quality and food safety. Compliance and enforcement action may be taken in the event of serious and/or repeated non-compliance.

Staff continually liaises with industry and government agencies to address concerns of the Ontario maple industry. Educational material and advice is provided to individual maple producers and to industry associations. The Maple Program also supports development of industry-wide food safety and quality assurance programs by providing materials and resources to assist in their development and review.

Contacts:

If you require further information on:

Quality and Food Safety - contact...

Paul Bailey
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Inspection Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5NW
Guelph, ON    N1G 4Y2
Tel: (519) 826-4380
Fax: (519) 826-4375
Email: paul.bailey1@ontario.ca

Production and Forestry - contact...

Todd Leuty
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Greenhouse, Agroforestry and Speciality Crops
1 Stone Road West, Main Floor
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Tel: (519) 826-3215
Fax: (519) 826-3567
Email: todd.leuty@ontario.ca


Maple Regulations - Canada Agricultural Products Act - contact...

Eric Prud' Homme
CFIA Montreal
(514) 283-3815


Sal DeMonte
CFIA Guelph
(519) 837-9400


Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association

Office Administrator
Rhonda Roantree
275 County Road 44, R.R.#4
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
Toll Free: 1-866-566-2753
Fax: 613-258-0207
Email: admin@ontariomaple.com
Website: http://www.ontariomaple.com/

The OMSPA website contains a wealth of information for both consumers and maple producers.

For consumers:

  • Facts about maple syrup
  • Where to buy maple syrup at the farm gate
  • Ontario maple festivals
  • The location of pancake houses
  • Recipes
  • Educational tours

For maple producers:

  • Facts about OMSPA
  • A list of maple equipment suppliers
  • Buyers of bulk maple syrup
  • Wholesalers of maple syrup
  • The Promotion Store
  • How to become an OMSPA member

Additional Information:

To help Ontario maple syrup producers produce high quality, safe maple syrup, the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association (OMSPA) has developed a Best Practices Program which is relevant to today's production methods, quality standards and food safety requirements.

This voluntary program is open to all maple syrup producers in Ontario through OMSPA. The Best Practices Manual provides clear guidelines for best management practices and includes a self-assessment feature to help producers identify strengths and weaknesses in their operation.

For more information regarding the Best Practices Manual, please contact the OMSPA Office Administrator, Rhonda Roantree, at 1-866-566-2753.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Food Safety and Environment Divison/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 19 February 2003
Last Reviewed: 19 February 2014