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Formaldehyde in Maple Syrup

It was (perhaps is) quite common for maple syrup producers to use
formaldehyde to preserve the syrup in storage before it was dispensed to
smaller containers for sale.  Without such a preservative, the maple syrup
would have essentially no storage life at all since it would be hard to
keep large tanks aseptic for long periods of time.  Is anyone familiar with
efforts to find another preservative for maple syrup (and other sugar
syrups) since formaldehyde is heavily regulated?  Of course, this would
perhaps be a great pollution prevention story.  Is anyone aware of
companies still using this common preservative for storage purposes?  I
would like to learn how they managed to get it past the folks at EPA.  Any
help would be appreciated.

Happy New Year.


Dr. Robert B. Pojasek 
Pojasek & Associates 
P.O. Box 1333 
E. Arlington, MA 02474-0071
(781) 641-2422 
(617) 788-0288 (FAX)