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Labelling requirements for honey
List of ingredients – honey

When packaged and sold as such

As per section B.01.001(1) of the FDR, honey is considered a sweetening agent as it is listed in Division 18 of the FDR. Although single-ingredient products like honey are exempt from displaying a list of ingredients, if one is voluntarily included on the label, honey packaged and sold as such is exempt from being declared in parentheses following the term “Sugars” in the list of ingredients [B.01.008.3(4)(a), FDR].

For example: consider a prepackaged container of honey for which an ingredients list is voluntarily added. The list of ingredients would show:

Ingredients: Honey

However, if honey is combined with another ingredient such as a flavour or another non-sweetening ingredient, honey will not lose its exemption as per B.01.008.3(4)(a) of the FDR. As long as the honey product uses a modified standardized common name indicating the way in which it does not meet the honey standard and is packaged and sold as such, the honey product would still be considered a sweetening agent and therefore exempted from being grouped in parentheses following the term "Sugars" in the list of ingredients.

For example: consider the ingredient list of a prepackaged lavender-flavoured honey product. The list of ingredients will show:

Ingredients: Honey, Lavender

For more information, refer to Grouping Sugars-based Ingredients.

When used in multi-ingredient foods

Honey falls under the definition of a sugars-based ingredient because it is considered a sweetening agent. As such, when honey is used in multi-ingredient foods such as candies and biscuits, honey is required to be grouped in parentheses following the term "Sugars" in the list of ingredients and placed in descending order relative to the other ingredients in the product [B.01.008.3(1) and (2), FDR].

For more information, refer to Grouping Sugars-based Ingredients.

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