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SB 356 by Fields and McNiel was signed by the Governor today.

The bill exempts beekeepers from state regulation if they sell fewer than 500 gallons of honey that are produced within Oklahoma and are properly labeled.

How sweet it is. :applause:
 

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STATE OF OKLAHOMA

1st Session of the 54th Legislature (2013)

SENATE BILL 356

By: Fields

AS INTRODUCED

An Act relating to food; exempting certain sellers of
jams, jellies, and honey from certain requirement;
exempting certain sellers of jams, jellies, and honey
from certain regulation and inspection; authorizing
the State Department of Health to enjoin certain
sellers of jams, jellies, and honey; providing for
codification; and providing an effective date.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA:

SECTION 1.

in the Oklahoma Statutes as Section 1-1320 of Title 63, unless there

is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

NEW LAW

A new section of law to be codified

Sellers of jams, jellies, and honey whose annual sales of

jams, jellies, and honey are Thirty Thousand Dollars ($30,000.00) or

less per household shall not be required to construct or maintain

separate facilities for the manufacture of jams, jellies, and honey.

Such sellers shall also be exempt from regulation and inspection by

the State Department of Health for the manufacture of jams, jellies,

and honey if they meet the following requirements:

Jams, jellies, and honey shall be manufactured in the home

of the person processing and selling the jams, jellies, and honey

and sold by the manufacturer to the end consumer;

Jams, jellies, and honey shall be labeled with the following

information in legible English:

the name and address of the persons preparing the

food,

the common name of the food,

the name of all ingredients in the food, and

a statement that the jams, jellies, and honey have not

been inspected by the State Department of Health;

During the sale of such jams, jellies, and honey, a placard

shall be displayed in a prominent location stating that the product

has not been inspected by the State Department of Health; and

Annual gross sales shall not exceed Thirty Thousand Dollars

($30,000.00).

honey shall maintain a record of sales of jams, jellies, and honey

processed and sold.

Department of Health upon request.

The person manufacturing such jams, jellies, and

The record shall be available to the State

Sellers of jams, jellies, and honey who violate the

provisions of this section may be enjoined from selling jams,

jellies, and honey by the State Department of Health.

SECTION 2.

This act shall become effective November 1, 2013.

were does it say 500 gal?

I read the above to clearly indicate "manufactured" as you have to do work to make the product that is stored in the hive, sale-able. Even if you just sold cut comb, it still requires you to "harvest" it from the hive, cut it out of its home state and package it in a package for sale.
 

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That is the part that has me confused, so then a farmer would need to be licensed as a manufacturer to sell his wheat?

It would seem to me that raw honey would be a raw, unprocessed agricultural commodity, just like wheat, corn, etc.

so is honey a commodity, or a manufactured, and processed food, like cheese?
 
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