Quaker Oats (PepsiCo) and others accused of mislabeling products by Maple Syrup Producers’ Associations — Investigation opened


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A consortium of Maple associations asked the FDA to take enforcement actions against a variety of companies that use the terms maple but whose product does not contain any. This misbranded group of products generally declares “maple” on their packaging as a characterizing ingredient even where maple syrup is not actually present in the product.

As claimed by the association, the term “maple” has long been used and understood to refer to “maple syrup.” Maple syrup, a premium ingredient, has a material bearing on the price and/or consumer acceptance of food products that contain it, which is why it is frequently an ingredient named in the title properly labeled to prevent consumer confusion.

As further claimed by the Associations, this unchecked misbranding has an adverse impact on manufacturers of products containing real maple syrup, as it allows cheaper products not containing premium ingredients to compete with those actually containing maple syrup. Further, it deceives consumers into believing they are purchasing a premium product when, in fact, they have a product of substantially lower quality.

The letter requests the FDA take enforcement actions to stop the misbranding of this class of products, either by removing the maple branding from the packaging, or by adding maple syrup – a substance derived from the heat treatment of sap from the maple tree of foods or displayed on its packaging. Thus, if a product name includes “maple,” or its packaging emphasizes the presence of maple (e.g., through vignettes of maple syrup, leaves, and trees), but the product does not actually contain any maple syrup, it is unlawfully misbranded under this regulation.

The letter called out the following products as using the term maple without having maple as an ingredient.

MOM Brands’ Better Oats Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal with Flax

Madhava Natural Sweeteners Maple Agave Nectar

Honey Stinger Organic Maple Waffle

Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal

Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar High Fiber Instant Oatmeal

GU Maple Bacon Energy Gel

Quaker Oats Maple Pecan Raisin Flavored Oatmeal

Hood Ice Cream Maple Walnut


Have you consumed any of these products? Have you consumed other products labeled as containing maple only to find out it contained none?  Please share your story with us or contact us directly to inquire about your legal rights.



david l. said
1209 days ago
I have purchased Quacker Oats brown sugar & maple Istanbul oatmeal in larges Sam's Club box and variety packs for several years. years

Thomas S. said
1206 days ago
Have Purchased "Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal" Actually Have Box in Kitchen Now.

Erin P. said
1163 days ago
purchased and consumed quaker oats maple and brown sugar instant as well as other flavors, how is it possible to advertise in this way!? Sign me up!

Calvin M. said
1091 days ago
Yes I have purchased Quaker oats maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal

Jeny C. said
866 days ago
I love Quaker Oats Maple n Brown sugar instant oatmeal! I eat it 3-4 times a week. Had no idea there wasnt really maple in it. Thats not right

JoAnn M. said
850 days ago
Yes, I buy maple products from Quaker Oats thinking there's real maple syrup in the product.

Cindy C. said
801 days ago
Yes, I've purchased Quaker Instant Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal and ate it almost every morning from 2010 until 2016. In 2016, my blood sugar spiked to 532 after I had taken my metaformin. I also developed IBS from the product. What are my rights as a consumer with diabetes and IBS from 6 years of ingesting the product?

Bobi F. said
558 days ago
I eat this weekly and had no idea !!

Mark P. said
489 days ago
I purchase this brand every month, I never knew it did not contain maple syrup

Dianne W. said
178 days ago
I serve several of these products in my bed and breakfast. It was pointed out to me in a crowded room that I was serving a dish that claims to have maple syrup and actually does not. I have taken it off the menu

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