Labels are intended to:
The person/ company who sells or distributes products intended for sale to the public
Prepackaged apiculture products include:
PR packaged apiculture products include:
Country where processing is performed.
This statement provides the amount of food/product in the container or package.
Solid – example Beeswax
Fluids – Mead
Business name and address of manufacturer, packer, distributor, importer, exporter or vendor
Lot/Batch number assigned must permit traceability
List of ingredients except for single ingredient foods – example Honey,
Compound ingredients (An ingredient made up of two or more ingredients) may be declared, in brackets. If it constitutes less than 5% of the food, ingredients need not be declared except:
Food additives which serve a technological function or those which are known to cause hypersensitivity such as Aspartame, Monosodium glutamate, Potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and sodium nitrite.
An example of a compound ingredient within a product: honey chocolate
Ingredients: honey, chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, flavoring).
Foods and ingredients known to cause hypersensitivity shall always be declared
Water added to a food shall be declared, except when it forms part of an ingredient such as syrup or broth. Water or other volatile ingredients evaporated in manufacturing need not be declared.
Date of minimum durability
The use-by-date shall be declared, where safety and quality cannot be assured beyond a period
Durability not more than three months🡪 Day, Month and Year
Durability more than three months 🡪 Month and Year
The words “Best before’ or ‘Best before end’ should precede date
The words should be accompanied by the date itself or reference to where the date is given.
The year shall be declared a two digit numerical representation is adequate when the first three letters of the month is used.
Example: JAN 08
A four digit representation example 2008, when the two digital numerical representation of the month is used
Example: 01 2008
The durability date is not required in the following cases:
Instructions for use, where applicable, shall be included on the label.
If a product or its ingredients are described as organic they shall have an indication referring to organic production methods. Organically produced food shall be certified by a competent authority like the Ministry of Agriculture or organic certification body. Foods containing more than 0.9% GMOs shall be labeled.
Any information or pictures used as graphic material shall be displayed, provided that it is not in conflict with the standard. If grade designations are used they should be understood and not be misleading. Where nutritional claims are given it should comply with the requirements of nutrition claims stated in Annex D.
Labels shall be applied so that they shall not become separated from the container. It shall be clear, prominent and legible under normal conditions. If the container is covered by a wrapper, the wrapper shall have the necessary information. The name and net content shall appear on the main panel.
The main panel is the surface area you are able to see while walking down the store aisle.
The following is prohibited:
Terms such as natural, pure, fresh, homemade, organically grown, shall only be used when the product satisfies the definitions for these terms. Religious or ritual preparation of a food is permitted, provided that the food conforms to the requirements of the appropriate religious or ritual authorities, such as halal.
Shall not be presented in a manner that is deceptive, or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character. Shall not be described in such a manner to cause confusion with another product or to lead the consumer to suppose that the food is connected with another product. Claims made for a food shall comply with the requirements for the use of claims.
Food grade containers that secure the integrity and safety of the product. Hygienically clean, acid resistant lacquered metal containers or any other suitable material (glass suitable plastic). The screwed caps for the glass containers shall be of non-corrosive and nonreactive.
By the name of the geographical or topographical region. Filtered honey – filtered to remove significant amount of pollen.