In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance to help farmers transition to more sustainable ways of growing honey.
According to the FDA, producers can no longer use “all natural” honey products because “natural” honey is a chemical, which can be modified by adding other ingredients.
The new guidelines are part of a larger shift to a more environmentally friendly, less polluting, and more nutritious way of producing honey.
While these changes are great for the environment, many farmers have already started to notice the impact.
The FDA’s guidance calls for the following changes: • The use of raw honey should be limited to those that have been certified organic.
• Honey produced from commercially-grown honey should not be blended with any other honey.
• No honey can be blended to any honey substitute.
• Bees and their brood are protected from pesticides by wearing masks.
• Beds should be protected from pests and parasites by covering with beeswax.
• Workers are not allowed to wear gloves while producing honey and must be in full compliance with the FDA’s guidelines.
• The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it is taking the lead in providing information about honey and honey production on the USDA website.
The USDA says it will continue to update its guidance to address the health and safety concerns surrounding honey and to ensure that the public has the best information possible.
For more information, visit www.usda.gov/honey.
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