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  1. #1
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    Default Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    This year I have 7 hives and plan to gather more for the next couple of years, but I'm not sure what to do about a honey house. For now I'm operating in my garage and home kitchen and I was thinking about selling some honey at the local farmers market. Do I need to get a food handlers permit? Do I need to have a commercial kitchen that has been inspected?

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    That question has been discussed here before.http://www.beesource.com/forums/arch.../t-225584.html
    The answer ultimately is 'it depends'. Where I am located I can sell just about anything I want off my front porch or out of the back of my car. The closer you get to a large town or city the harder it gets.
    Generally I've found here in Texas anything goes. Til someone says it doesn't if you know what I mean.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Some states it maters if you're selling for resale or not.
    If you don't proses the honey or add any fruits, nuts etc. & are selling to the end user it might not mater.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I do not know the laws, need to start looking up, have a couple of options on just going somewhere and packing.
    I do know that the kitchen is a NO-NO.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Hey kingfisher turning the orchard building into honey house will be setting up all the equipment up over the next month. Will also have wood shop.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    I've called and spoken with DSHS for details. They pointed me to the generic food manufacturing facility statutes pertaining to sanitary operations.

    You CAN have the facility on your own property, even a special room built within the garage (not sure if attached garage, mine is detached).

    Talking with the inspector he seemed pretty easy going and lenient on things. They're main focus is to make sure you aren't bottling under conditions that could contaminate the honey.

    The statutes can be intimidating, but the inspectors have latitude here. For example, the statutes require a restroom in the facility. This is NOT required if a restroom is accessible within a "reasonable" distance. One guaranteed requirement is a dedicated hand washing sink. This CANNOT double as a ware washing sink. It has to be dedicated for hand washing only.

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    We have always been exempted from this. Now they are saying we need to build a commercial kitchen? My guess is a lot of newbees called them and wanted to know what the "legal" thing to do is, and some pencil pusher just threw honey in under the general statutes. That is just incredibly stupid. Never had to deal with any of this in 25 years as a beekeeper. The blind leading the blind. Looks like I am a criminal now. Oh well....

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    Default Re: Texas Honey House Laws or Production Laws

    Quote Originally Posted by mythomane View Post
    ....... Looks like I am a criminal now. Oh well....
    Its impossible not to break some law or other as a beekeeper in the state of Texas (and, I suppose many other states). If you move a colony to or through another county, you need a permit. If you move your hive tool through another county you need a permit. If you sell bees you need a permit & inspections. If you remove bees from structures you need a permit (one for each county). If you sell queens you need a permit & inspections. If you sell honey, any honey, you are required to hold a 'Food Manufacturing' license -or, bottle your honey in a licensed facility, one member of our Club has that license so we can use his facility. The permits for moving cost $35 and are valid for one move. The other permits are renewed annually. That is the tip of the iceberg.

    We are all criminals mythomane......
    Last edited by Lburou; 09-13-2014 at 08:26 AM.
    LeeB
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