|Made||20th August 2003|
|Coming into operation||1st October 2003|
(2) Notwithstanding the fact that a food is specified in Column 2 of Schedule 1, it will only be treated as a specified honey product for the purpose of these Regulations -
(3) Any other expression used in both these Regulations and in Directive 2001/110 has the same meaning in these Regulations as in that Directive.
3. No person shall sell to the ultimate consumer or to a catering establishment any food with a label, whether or not attached to or printed on the wrapper or container, which bears, comprises or includes any reserved description or any derivative thereof or any word or description substantially similar thereto unless -
Labelling and description of specified honey products
4. - (1) Without prejudice to the generality of Part II of the 1996 Regulations, no person shall sell to the ultimate consumer or to a catering establishment any specified honey product unless it is marked or labelled with the following particulars -
(2) No person shall sell to the ultimate consumer or to a catering establishment any filtered honey or baker's honey which is marked or labelled with information relating to floral or vegetable origin, regional, territorial or topographical origin or specific quality criteria.
(3) Where pursuant to note 2 of Schedule 1, the reserved description "honey" has been used in the product name of a compound foodstuff containing baker's honey, no person shall sell such a compound foodstuff unless the list of ingredients includes the term "baker's honey".
Sale of filtered honey or baker's honey in bulk containers or packs
5. - (1) No person shall sell any filtered honey or baker's honey in bulk containers or packs unless such bulk containers and packs are labelled with their respective reserved description of the product and any trade documents clearly indicate the reserved description of the product.
(2) For the purpose of this paragraph trade documents includes all the documents relating to the sale, transportation, storage or delivery of the product.
Manner of marking or labelling
6. Regulations 35, 36(1) and (5) and 38 of the 1996 Regulations (which relate to the manner of marking or labelling of food) shall apply to the particulars with which a specified honey product is required to be marked or labelled by regulations 4(1)(a) to (c) and (3) of these Regulations as if they were particulars with which a food is required to be marked or labelled by the 1996 Regulations.
Penalties and enforcement
7. - (1) Any person who contravenes regulation 3, 4 or 5 shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
(2) Each district council shall enforce and execute these Regulations within its district.
Defence in relation to exports
8. In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations it shall be a defence for the person accused to prove -
Application of various provisions of the Order
9. The following provisions of the Order shall apply for the purposes of these Regulations and any reference in those provisions to the Order shall be construed for the purposes of these regulations as a reference to these Regulations -
Amendment and revocations
10. - (1) The Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976 are hereby revoked.
(2) The following entries relating to the Honey Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1976 shall be omitted -
(3) In the Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996, in Schedule 6, for the reference to Directive 74/409/EEC there shall be substituted a reference to Directive 2001/110/EC.
(4) In the 1996 Regulations, regulation 4(2)(c) is hereby revoked.
11. In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove that -
Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on
20th August 2003.
W. B. Smith
A Senior Officer of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
|Column (1)||Column (2)|
|Reserved descriptions||Specified honey product|
|honey obtained from the nectar of plants|
||honey obtained mainly from excretions of plant sucking insects (Hemiptera) on the living part of plants or secretions of living parts of plants|
||honey stored by bees in the cells of freshly built broodless combs or thin comb foundation sheets made solely of beeswax and sold in sealed whole combs or sections of such combs|
|honey which contains one or more pieces of comb honey|
||honey obtained by draining de-capped broodless combs|
||honey obtained by centrifuging de-capped broodless combs|
||honey obtained by pressing broodless combs with or without the application of moderate heat not exceeding 45°C|
||honey obtained by removing foreign inorganic or organic matters in such a way as to result in the significant removal of pollen|
honey which is -(a) suitable for industrial uses or as an ingredient in other foodstuffs which are then processed; and
(b) may -
(ii) have begun to ferment or have fermented, or
(iii) have been overheated
(1) Fructose and glucose content (sum of both)
|-blossom honey||not less than 60 g/100 g|
|-honeydew honey, blends of honeydew honey with blossom honey||not less than 45 g/100 g|
(2) Sucrose content
|-in general||not more than 5 g/100 g|
|-false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia), alfalfa (Medicago sativa), Menzies Banksia (Banksia menziesii), French honeysuckle (Hedysarum), red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida, Eucryphia milliganii), Citrus spp.||not more than 10 g/100 g|
|-lavender (Lavandula spp.), borage (Borago officinalis)||not more than 15 g/100 g|
|-in general||not more than 20%|
|-heather (Calluna) and baker's honey in general||not more than 23%|
|-baker's honey from heather (Calluna)||not more than 25%|
|-in general||not more than 0.1 g/100 g|
|-pressed honey||not more than 0.5 g/100 g|
|-honey not listed below and blends of these honeys||not more than 0.8 mS/cm|
|-honeydew and chestnut honey and blends of these except with those listed below||not more than 0.8 mS/cm|
|-exceptions: strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), bell heather (Erica), eucalyptus, lime (Tilia spp.), ling heather (Calluna vulgaris), manuka or jelly bush (Leptospermum), tea tree (Melaleuca spp.)|
|-in general||not more than 50 milli-equivalents acid per 1000 grammes|
|-baker's honey||not more than 80 milli-equivalents acid per 1000 grammes|
Diastase activity and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) content determined after processing and blending
(a) Diastase activity (Schade scale)
|-in general, except baker's honey||not less than 8|
|-honeys with low natural enzyme content (e.g. citrus honeys) and an HMF content of not more than 15 mg/kg||not less than 3|
|-in general, except baker's honey||not more than 40 mg/kg (subject to the provisions of (a), second indent)|
|-honeys of declared origin from regions with tropical climate and blends of these honeys||not more than 80 mg/kg|
No pollen or constituent particular to honey may be removed except where this is unavoidable in the removal of foreign inorganic or organic matter.