Labelling honey

The law relating to the labelling of honey is governed by the Honey (England) Regulations 2003 as amended by the Honey (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005.

The Regulations apply to honey, intended for human consumption that is sold to consumers and catering establishments.

Reserved descriptions

The following descriptions of products are referred to as “reserved descriptions”:

  • Blossom honey / nectar honey;
  • Honeydew honey;
  • Comb honey;
  • Chunk honey / cut comb in honey;
  • Drained honey;
  • Extracted honey;
  • Pressed honey;
  • Filtered honey;
  • Baker’s honey.

The Regulations set out detailed criteria which must be met before a product can be described using one of these reserved descriptions.

The Regulations prohibit the sale of food with a label which bears, comprises or includes a reserved description unless:

  • the product corresponds with the reserved description for that product in question;
  • the description, derivative or word used is used in a context which indicates that it relates only to an ingredient of the food in question; or
  • the description, derivative or word is used in a context whereby and it cannot be confused with one of the reserved descriptions.

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