Don’t try to fool 
Rep. Welch with fake syrup

Like any real breakfast fan, Rep. Peter WelchPeter WelchBuyer beware: Not all 'milk' is created equal A guide to the committees: House Got soy milk? Don't let Congress, dairy industry bogart 'milk' label MORE (D-Vt.) believes there’s no substitute for authentic maple syrup. 

In fact, Welch is so perturbed by the marketing of artificial pancake syrups alongside pure Vermont maple that he recently urged supermarkets not to mingle the two products on store shelves. 

In a letter to big food retailers, Welch accused the phony syrup brands of “riding on the reputation of Vermont” by hawking bottles. “They are trying to act as though they are selling what Vermont produces, and it’s not.” 

Welch is especially peeved at brands using packaging that’s nearly identical to Vermont maple syrups, namely those tan plastic jugs with finger-sized handles. Log Cabin artificial syrup is one of the brands packaged in tan bottles. Aunt Jemima, on the other hand, should have nothing to worry about. 

According to WCAX, the letter has been sent to Wal-Mart, Costco, Hannaford and Price Chopper, among others.