Sugar Free Sunday & Honey Labeling – Part 2
In part 1 of honey labeling, we discovered that any honey sold in the US could have the “USDA” grade label on it even though it has not been officially inspected or certified by the USDA.
So then the question naturally comes up – what do those USDA labels on honey bottles mean?? Is it merely marketing material?
Well there are some requirements:
Country of Origin: Since 2009 packaged honey bearing any USDA marks or statements (such as U.S. Grade A) must display the country or countries of origin legibly and permanently in close proximity to the USDA mark or statement. This rule applies to domestic as well as foreign sources of honey. [Source]
USDA Organic: If you see the USDA organic symbol on a bottle of honey it means that the product has been certified by a USDA-accredited “certifying agent” (provided the producer of the product makes more than $5000 from the sales of the organic product). Note: The USDA accredits state, private and foreign organizations or persons to become these “certifying agents.” [Source]
|“100% organic”||Product must contain (excluding water and salt) only organically produced ingredients and processing aids.|
|“Organic”||Product must contain at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding water and salt).|
|“Made with organic ingredients”||Product must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. Certifying agency marks can be used however USDA labeling cannot be.|
|“Natural”||There are no standards or regulations for the labeling of natural food products if they do not contain meat or eggs.|
USDA Grade: USDA provides guidelines to determine what Grade A, B, C and substandard honey means. USDA grades for honey are not mandatory, but beekeepers, handlers, packers labeling honey as a particular grade are responsible for the accuracy of the label. [Source, Source]
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