Department of Agriculture - Exempt Maple Syrup and Sorghum Processors and Beekeepers: Standards and Rules - Collection equipment.


Published: 2017-09-02

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(A) Buckets, plastic transport tubing, reusable plastic bags, extractors, bottling tanks, and other similar equipment used for the collection of maple sap, sorghum juice, or honey shall be clean, constructed of food grade materials, and shall not be used for any other purpose. Any container that has contained a chemical or other hazardous material including lead or lead based paint, or has lead solder shall not be used.

(B) Prior to use, buckets, plastic transport tubing, reusable plastic bags, extractors, bottling tanks, and other similar equipment shall be thoroughly washed with potable water, sanitized with a chemical sanitizer used in accordance with the United States environmental protection agency approved manufacturer's label, and thoroughly rinsed with potable water.

(C) At the end of the collection season, buckets, reusable plastic bags, extractors, bottling tanks, and other similar equipment shall be thoroughly washed with potable water. After rinsing, buckets, bags, and other similar equipment shall be drained, air-dried, and stacked for storage.