New Law in California for Honey and Labels
Food and Agricultural Code Section 29413(1) was amended to esablish a new definition of honey and set new labeling standards for honey products. In the process, a new crime was created for violating the standards.
According to an article my atty James Spenser in "Central Coast Farm and Ranch" magazine, "honey" is now limited to substances produced by honeybees, and exludes products containing food additives or coloring. A precise chemical composition of honey is described, procedures to influence crystallization are prohibited, and distinctions are made between blossom honey, nectar honey and honeydew honey. The latter term now refers to substances generated by plant-sucking insects other than honeybees. As of Jan 1, all forms of honey products and labels must meet the new standards.