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Sugar Free Sunday & Honey Labeling Part 3

We’ve talked about USDA certification and what it really means if a honey bottle is marked “organic”. Today I’d like to talk about the grading that is often placed on honey bottles.

The USDA defines 4 categories of grades deemed out of a total score of 100. (50 points for flavor and aroma; 40 for absence of defects; 10 for clarity if the honey is not strained):

  • Grade A: Has a score of at least 90. Absence of defect: Has no sedimentations that affect appearance or edibility. Flavor and aroma: Is free from caramelization, smoke, fermentation, chemicals etc. Clarity: It can have some air bubbles or pollen or particles but nothing that affects the appearance.
  • Grade B: Has a score of at least 80. Absence of defect: The sedimentation in the honey does not materially affect appearance or edibility. Flavor and aroma: Mostly free from caramelization. Free from smoke, fermentation, chemicals etc. Clarity: Fine particles do not materially affect the appearance.
  • Grade C: Has a score of at least 70. Absence of defect: The sedimentations in the honey does not seriously affect appearance or edibility. Flavor and aroma: Reasonably free from caramelization. Free from smoke, fermentation, chemicals etc. Clarity: Fine particles do not seriously affect the appearance.
  • Substandard: Has a score below 70 and does not meet the criteria for Grade C.

There are two things to note about the above system:

1. Grading of a honey is voluntary. There is no official / government check or enforcement. It’s left to the producers to judge what grade their honey gets (if any).

2. The list of properties that makes it to the US grading system are less than those specified by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO includes additional properties such as sugar content, heavy metals and hygiene.

Source: USDA. Standards of Grades for Extracted Honey
Source: WHO. CODEX Standard for Honey

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15 Responses to Sugar Free Sunday & Honey Labeling Part 3

  1. happy sunday and thanks for hosting again!!

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  10. Linnae says:

    Hi ladies!! This week I am sharing my super easy recipe for homemade jello!!

    http://ournourishingjourney.com/2012/04/16/homemade-jello/

    Thanks for hosting!

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