Labelling requirements for honey
Common name – honey
The common name (definition) must appear on the principal display panel of prepackaged (definition) honey [218(1)(a), SFCR].
For honey (definition) that meets the standard set out in the Canadian Standards of Identity, Volume 5 – Honey or in Division 18 of the Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), the name appearing in boldface type, but not in italics, in this volume or in the FDR is the prescribed common name for that product that must be used for labelling purposes. This applies whether the honey is prepackaged or not [201, SFCR].
Acceptable common names include "honeydew honey", "Lavender honey", "Rubinia honey", "alfalfa honey", "Banksia menziesii honey", or the name "honey" either alone or accompanied by the name of the blossom (e.g. clover honey), whichever is applicable. The Table of Composition of Specific Kinds of Honey in Volume 6 of the Canadian Grade Compendium includes the specific compositional requirements for the different varieties of honey [10, Compendium, Volume 6 – Honey].
If honey is combined with another ingredient, such as a flavour, royal jelly, or other, the common name must describe how the product deviates from the standard (i.e. strawberry flavoured honey, honey with royal jelly, etc.). For all other products, such as royal jelly, the common name must be descriptive of the product.
For more information, including location, legibility and language requirements, refer to Common Name.
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