Composition of honey
Standard 2.8.2 also stipulates the composition of honey should contain:
(a) No less than 60 % reducing sugars; and
(b) No more than 21 % moisture
Part 1.2 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code sets out the information that must be provided on foods that are required to bear a label.
The label on a package of pure honey for retail sale must include the following general information:
- Prescribed name of the product (i.e. honey)
- Batch number
- Name and business address of the supplier
- Date marking
- Nutrition labelling
- Country of origin labelling (i.e, Kangaroo logo, percentage bar graph and explanatory text)
Where the product for sale includes ingredients other than honey, the label must also include a list of ingredients and may be required to carry a declaration of key or characterising ingredients and components and/or a percentage declaration. If the product is pure honey, an ingredient label is not mandatory.
Legibility Requirements for Food Labels
Any information required in or on a food label needs to comply with legibility requirements. All food labels must present information so that it is legible, prominent and in English.
Glenn Locke from Orara Valley Honey has developed a great and simple guide for honey labelling requirements in Australia.
For more information, please refer to the Food Standards Code for Australia and New Zealand.