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Sugar Free Sunday & Honey Labeling – Part 1

Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! We host Sugar Free Sunday every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!

Two weeks ago I came across the following statement:

Two honeys could be legally graded as Grade A honey and be identically labeled as, “100% Organic Clover Honey from Arizona – USDA Grade A” yet be entirely different honeys. They could be a blend of honeys from all over the world, some heated to 180 degrees to make it easy to filter, contain antibiotics, chemicals and corn syrup, not made from Clover at all nor actually be from plants in Arizona!

To determine if this had any truth to it, I started reading. One of my first real finds was a document from the federal register of the Department of Agriculture, specifically the Agricultural Marketing Service Agency of USDA dated Jan 4, 2011. You can read it for yourself here.

First off, let me tell you what I thought it meant for a product to have the USDA label.. organic.. grades.. what have you. I always imagined that it was inspected. In fact I had this picture in my head of USDA inspectors carrying around clipboards of requirements and tests that each product had to undergo to be able to bear the USDA seal of anything. I even pictured labs filled with chemical analysis and reports. Do I have an overactive imagination — well when it comes to honey — I actually might as well believe in flying unicorns.

According to the USDA document:

honey and maple syrup may bear official USDA grade marks without official inspection… honey does not require official inspection in order to carry official USDA grade marks and since there are no existing programs that require the official inspection and certification of honey…

That’s right. There is absolutely no official inspection and certification of honey. WHAT?!

But wait right.. we’ve all seen those labels on bottles of honey in the US.. “USDA Organic”.. “US Grade A”.. What are those labels doing on those products if we know for 100% sure that USDA DOES NOT OFFICIALLY CERTIFY HONEY? I’m honestly not sure. But I’m going to find out!

Till then my guess is that we must “trust” the maker of the honey bottle. We must “trust” that they are honest about their grade mark. That “USDA Organic” on a honey bottle somehow does mean organic. I suppose that’s not too much to ask. After all when have we ever been deceived when it comes to food? (Can you hear my sarcasm? I sure hope so.. )

More to come! Till then.. please share your wonderful dishes.. even if they contain honey. 🙂

How do you participate in the virtual potluck?

  • Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
  • Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
  • Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
  • Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
  • Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
  • In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
  • It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
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We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!

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  4. Vicky says:

    Hi! Sorry I’m late! Had a hectic few days! Great information – as usual!

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