Labelling requirements for honey
Grade name for honey
Please note that all references to the "Compendium" in this section refer to the Canadian Grade Compendium. Volume 6 of the Compendium specifies the requirements for honey and Volume 9 specifies import grade requirements, including for honey.
The grade name (definition) is required on the label of all honey that is exported, imported or traded interprovincially. Honey must meet the requirements set out in the Compendium in respect of the applicable grade and must also be labelled in accordance with the Compendium with the applicable grade name [306(1), SFCR].
Honey that does not meet the requirements of the Regulations with respect to grade and that is sent or conveyed from one province to another, does not need to meet the requirements set out in the Compendium or be labelled in accordance with the Compendium if it is labelled "Substandard" / "sous-régulier" [306(3)(b), SFCR].
Honey that does not meet the requirements of the Regulations with respect to grade and that is exported does not need to meet the requirements set out in the Compendium or be labelled in accordance with the Compendium if the information on the label is not false, misleading or deceptive or is not likely to create an erroneous impression with respect to the quality of the honey [306(3)(c), SFCR].
Licence holders can apply a grade name to and use a grade name in connection with honey if it is identified in their licence and if the honey has been graded by a licence holder [308(1)(d), SFCR].
There are three (3) grade names for honey that is produced in Canada [2, Compendium, Volume 6 – Honey]:
- Canada No. 1
- Canada No. 2
- Canada No. 3
Volume 9 of the Canadian Grade Compendium outlines the import grade requirements. Item 1 of the Table of Import Grade Names for Imported Food specifies the Canadian and Import Grade Names for honey. If imported honey meets the requirements of the Compendium for the applicable Canadian grade name in column 2 of the table, it must be labelled with the corresponding import grade name in column 3 [1(1), Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements].
The three (3) grade names for imported honey and blend of imported and Canadian honey are [1, Compendium, Volume 9 – Import Grade Requirements]:
- No. 1
- No. 2
- No. 3
Note: Combining declarations of country of origin and grade is not permitted, e.g. "Product of / Produit du Canada No. 1" is not a permitted statement.
See the Summary Table of Labelling Requirements for Consumer Prepackaged Honey and Summary Table of Labelling Requirements for Prepackaged Other than Consumer Prepackaged Honey for further details on language, legibility and location of grade declarations.
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