I noticed this ribbon looking stuff in a bottle I bought from Trader Joe's and freaked out and pitched the entire thing. Then I got some through the co-op and it was in large gallon jugs from a farm up north. A commercial farm but we bought directly through the so that did lend some credibility to these floaties. Well I just pulled my jug down to refill my smaller bottle that we use each day and a couple of reallllly long pieces of this light golden maliable "stuff" (for lack of a better word) slipped through the funnel. And then one really big one that wouldn't pass through the little hole. I straddle the fence on worrying about what might be tainting my real food-leaning more in the direction of it being normal and I should just eat it up - but then the mama in me worries I'm going to poision my children with some toxic maple syrup funk. FWIW-I did google and didn't get much. Thanks!