UK Honey Labelling Advice

Pulling out the legal requirements for the labelling of your honey can be daunting, so we've provided some general advice here on what you need to know.

 

  1. The word HONEY is required.

  2. The weight must be on the label. The weight must be metric (and it's optional to add it as Imperial as well). The weight must be net, i.e. not including the glass jar and lid

  3. The minimum height of text and figures on the label must be as follows: <50g 2mm; 50-200g, 3mm; 200g-1kg, 4mm; >1kg, 6mm

  4. You can specify the area where the honey is produced. For example, Warwickshire, Hillmorton etc.

  5. You can only show a picture of a type of plant/flower or describe a type of honey, for example, Heather, Borage etc., when the honey is at least 75% of that particular type.

  6. If you are selling the honey, you must have your name (or trade name) and address on the label. It does not need to be complete but you should be able to be found from the information.

  7. If you are selling the honey through a third party, you must have a lot number (though if your Best Before date specifies a day, month and year then a lot number is not required)

  8. You must have a Best Before date on the jar. 2 years from now seems to be common.

  9. You must have a country of origin on the jar. For example – Produce of England. Adding the country to the end of your address is not acceptable.

For more detailed information, you should check against the latest government regulations, which at the time of writing are :

For further beekeeping legislation information, please visit the BBKA page on this topic


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