FDA issues draft guidance aimed at helping to ensure proper labeling of honey and honey products

WASHINGTON , April 8, 2014 (press release) – FDA is issuing draft guidance to help members of the food industry ensure they are properly labeling honey and honey products, and to remind them that honey and honey products must not be misbranded or adulterated under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The proper labeling of these products helps to ensure that consumers understand the contents of honey and honey products available for purchase and can differentiate between them.

The draft guidance summarizes FDA’s legal authority over honey and honey products; provides a commonly used definition of honey; and offers advice on labeling issues such as the floral source of honey, blends of honey and other sweeteners, and blends of honey and other ingredients, such as flavors. It also describes some of the measures FDA takes to guard against honey adulterated with cane sugar, corn syrup, or residues of chloramphenicol or fluoroquinolones.

All interested parties are invited to comment on the draft guidance document.

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