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    Default Labeling of Honey

    Recently we have had batches of honey that tested slightly high for corn syrup (around 10%). We are considering selling some locally and wondering how it should be labeled. What is legally required for it to be called honey and should we be listing ingredients since it has corn syurp?

    Thanks


    Edit: Location is Texas
    Last edited by Seth; 09-11-2013 at 05:10 PM.

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    Welcome to Beesource!

    At a minimum, you will need to comply with the labeling laws of the state within which you wish to sell this mixture. Since you don't show a state in your profile or your post, advice offered here won't be particularly relevant.
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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    How did you test that???

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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Welcome to Beesource!

    At a minimum, you will need to comply with the labeling laws of the state within which you wish to sell this mixture. Since you don't show a state in your profile or your post, advice offered here won't be particularly relevant.
    Ah sorry, this is for Texas


    There are labs that will do testing, the initial test shows if there is a likelihood of there being contaminates and if so then a second test can see how much.

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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    Somebody must have been feeding syrup with supers on, anyway, I never had that problem, but if someone did have corn syrup in their honey they would most certainly not be able to label it pure honey anymore, and very possibly need to state the ingredients on the label. JMO.

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    > Ah sorry, this is for Texas

    The site quoted below may be useful ...
    Sections 131.081 through 131.084 address the labeling and sale of honey. A person cannot label, sell or keep, offer, or expose for sale a product identified on its label as "honey," "liquid or extracted honey," "strained honey," or "pure honey" unless the product consists exclusively of pure honey. 131.081. Recall that the definition of "pure honey" includes honey in the comb or that has been taken from the comb and is packaged in a liquid, crystallized or granular form. Also, one cannot have a picture or drawing of a bee, hive or comb on one's label unless the product is pure honey. 131.082. One cannot sell a product that looks like honey but isn't, even if it is labeled "imitation honey." 131.083.

    There are extensive labeling requirements for products that are mixtures of honey and another ingredient. Among those requirements for mixtures is that the word "honey" cannot be bigger than the other ingredients listed. 131.084. The Texas Department of Health is the agency responsible for enforcing the rules related to the labeling of honey. 131.101.


    http://www.burger.com/beelaw.htm

    The numbers above refer to Chapter 131 of the Texas Agriculture Code. If you want to read the Code itself, click here:
    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.u...htm/AG.131.htm
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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Seth View Post
    Recently we have had batches of honey that tested slightly high for corn syrup (around 10%).


    Edit: Location is Texas
    How did you test for that?

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    Was this honey you bought or took off of your own hives? I don't see how you can sell that as honey, even if you do put an ingredients list on the label.

    How much do you have?
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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    It should be labeled as "Honey Flavored Corn Syrup."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbthingmaker View Post
    It should be labeled as "Honey Flavored Corn Syrup."
    That started my day off with a laugh
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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    Depending on how much there is, I would call it "Bee Food".
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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Seth View Post
    Recently we have had batches of honey that tested slightly high for corn syrup (around 10%). We are considering selling some locally and wondering how it should be labeled. What is legally required for it to be called honey and should we be listing ingredients since it has corn syurp?

    Thanks
    My personal opinion is you aint selling pure honey. Your selling a honey corn syrup mixture. If it aint pure honey don't sell it as pure honey, that's wrong. People expect honey to be honey only. If you misrepresent the product it gives all of us a bad name.

    Edit: Location is Texas

    My personal opinion is you aint selling pure honey. Your selling a honey corn syrup mixture. If it aint pure honey don't sell it as pure honey, that's wrong. People expect honey to be honey only. If you misrepresent the product it gives all of us a bad name.

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    Default Re: Labeling of Honey

    You never answered how the corn syrup got into the honey. Was this a blend or feeding corn syrup with supers on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramdino View Post
    My personal opinion is you aint selling pure honey. Your selling a honey corn syrup mixture. If it aint pure honey don't sell it as pure honey, that's wrong. People expect honey to be honey only. If you misrepresent the product it gives all of us a bad name.
    Not just wrong, illegal. Just ask the Chinese under Federal Enditement.
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    > Just ask the Chinese under Federal Enditement.

    Hmmm.

    You may be referring to Americans, selling honey they imported illegally from China.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...eb#post1020953



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