MAPAQ sets up diagnostic assistance program for maple syrup producers
Following requests from the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, an initiative was set up by the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) through the Agriconseils networks to offer financial assistance to maple syrup companies wishing to have access to a diagnosis to assess the compliance of their equipment with the requirements of the California Lead Agreement.
A maximum of $ 750 per company
The financial assistance offered by the Agriconseils network provides a reimbursement of 85% of the expenses incurred to obtain an equipment diagnosis. This assistance can represent a maximum of $750 per business.
For more information, please contact one of the trained counselors directly or contact the Agriconseils network at 1 866 680-1858.
What is the California deal?
The California Agreement is a legal agreement that was signed in October 2014 by some Canadian and American maple bottler-processors. It derives from the application of California’s Proposition 65 Act, which aims to inform citizens of this state of the possible presence of toxic products – including lead – in ‘they consume.
The signatory bottlers-processors have committed, through the California agreement, to several elements:
- to obtain maple syrup from only maple stands with unleaded equipment in accordance with the agreement;
- to obtain maple syrup from a maple grove that does not have lead paint on the walls of production sites;
- to obtain filtered maple syrup at a temperature of more than 180 ° F;
- to discontinue the use of galvanized steel barrels.
How do I know if my company meets these four requirements?
The application of the agreement is based on a written and dated declaration from the maple producer or the authorized buyer confirming that the lead reduction measures have been completed.
In order to help producers in their approach, about 20 counselors were trained in November 2018 by the ACER Center to make a compliance diagnosis of maple syrup companies in terms of meeting the requirements of the California agreement on lead.