MAPLE syrup producers in Quebec are still using the banned chemical

paraformaldehyde, a practice which neighbouring Vermont fears could undermine the pure image of the product. The disinfectant helps increase production significantly.

A survey of 50 producers by Health Canada revealed 21 using the chemical. Officials are now considering prosecutions - fines can be up to CAN$20,000.

In February neighbouring Vermont threatened an embargo against Quebec maple syrup following rumours that paraformaldehyde was still in use.

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