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  1. #1
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    Default New Honey Legislation in PA

    Honey Sale Legislation

    HB 2565 has passed both the House and the Senate ... unanimously. HB 2565 exempts on-the-farm honey producers from food license and registration, provided they produce 100% of the honey offered for sale. The honey offered for sale must comply with the 1974 law referred to as the Honey Sale and Labeling Act.

    However...anyone is still subject to inspection. An inspection would most likely be prompted by someone getting sick on the product or complaint. Otherwise, an on- farm producer will likely never see an inspector.

    The governor signed this legislation Oct 25th. It will take effect in 60 days. So... in January 2013, every honey producer that became a criminal over-night with Act 106 on Jan 1, 2011, will no longer be criminals again. How cool is that ! We will await any clarifications.

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    Default Re: New Honey Legislation in PA

    Nice, we have folks working on similar legislation here right now. What about the in-the-city honey producers?? 8)
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: New Honey Legislation in PA

    Great News! Can't wait to see the details.

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    Default Re: New Honey Legislation in PA

    Here is where I found the info. http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/pdf/HB2565.pdf

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    Default Re: New Honey Legislation in PA

    You would think that anything to do with food legislation would be national. That being said I would hate to see the FDA get involved with on-the-farm markets.
    So in PA if you suspect that a vendor is buying and selling under an on-the-farm market exemption you can turn him/her in and they will be stopped?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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