Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Honey
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  1. #1
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    Default Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Honey

    I see that on 7/6/18 the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) clarified a previous rule that all imported honey must be labeled with the country of origin to the
    ultimate purchaser whether or not USDA graded.
    Anyone want to venture a guess about the future possibility of a 'Standard of Identity for Honey' or 'Truth in Labeling' regulation?


    The link to a 8/4/18 Bee Culture article:
    https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the...t-usda-graded/

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    Default Re: Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Honey

    So that I am clear on this, country of origin labeling applies only to IMPORTED honey, correct? Domestically produced and packaged honey does not have to specify country of origin?

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    Default Re: Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by clyderoad View Post
    Anyone want to venture a guess about the future possibility of a 'Standard of Identity for Honey' or 'Truth in Labeling' regulation?
    While this does not directly address Clyderoad's specific question, here is the current FDA document of "voluntary"* standards for labeling honey and products containing honey.
    https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/G.../UCM595961.pdf



    *From the FDA document linked above ...
    FDA's guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe our current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited.
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