MONTPELIER-A Vermont-based libertarian political online blogsite has angered some Vermont legislators. The "Vermont Woodchuck" blogsite posted a doctored photograph of horse manure displaying the state's familiar seal of quality on April Fool's Day, April 1.
The once popular seal of quality, which has appeared on maple syrup and other packaged Vermont foods since 1982, will be retired soon, according to Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee.
Albee told legislators last week that the seal has been suspended because it has been misued and was rendered meaningless. However, several state legislators have said that they want to fight to save the seal and retain on Vermont-made food products.
Albee noted that state's seal of quality neither includes nor enforces specific standards and inspections; therefore, Albee said, the seal is meaningless to the state and useless to consumers as a guide.
According to the Vermont Woodchuck blogsite, the satirical seal of quality placed over an image of horse droppings is all about "the smell of manure eminating from under the capitol dome" and not about the state's food products or food producers.