Honey Regulations 2003 Guidance Notes

The Honey Regulations 2003 implement the provisions of EC Directive 2001/110 relating to honey.

The guidances lays down specifications with which a product must comply in order to be described as 'honey,' and provide additional labelling requirements for these products. The Regulations revoke and replace the Honey Regulations 1976 (SI no 1976 1832).

In July 2005 the guidance below was revised to clarify certain points. It:

  • Makes reference to the dates upon which analogous legislation in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland came into force (Section 1.1).
  • Has text to highlight that honey is subject to the general labelling provisions of the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 (as amended) and the need for honey to bear a 'best before' date. (Section 1.4).
  • Clarifies the text on country of origin marking and topographical origin for honey.
  • Has a section to explain labelling requirements for honey which is prepacked for direct sale. (Section 4.6).
  • Amends the Agency contact names for further information. (Section 7).
  • Makes reference to The Honey (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2005 which correct certain transposition errors in The Honey (England) Regulations 2003 as from 31 August 2005. (Section 1.3).

The 2007 amendment:

  • Amends the section on infant botulism in the light of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological safety of food.