Honey jars and Labels

A limited number of 1 lb / 454 g honey jars are still available for PBKA members only and include gold coloured metal lids at £22.00 per 72. Contact Paul on 07988 037571.

You may also wish to note that John Dudman, former PBKA member and Secretary, provides the labels for Scolton honey and also supplies a number of individual PBKA members.  He can supply quantities from a few as ten labels up to 1000.  Standard designs are available or if you have a favourite photograph or drawing you would like to use on a label he can work with you to produce your own unique design.  There are no set up costs, you pay just for the labels and delivery.  He will make sure that your label meets current legal requirements and can provide advice on lot numbering and best before dates.  Bespoke tamper evident labels are also available and labels can be provided for any product e.g. beeswax polish. His competitively priced labels are supplied on A4 sheets, designed using desk top publishing software and printed on a high quality laser printer to give an easy to handle, smudge free finish.  Turnaround from first contact to you receiving your labels is usually just a few days. Visit John’s website at http://www.bespokelabels.net for more information.

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Honey Labelling ‘Contains Pollen’

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has written to leading industry figures to tell them what they need to do following the ruling in a German court (see story in Daily Mail 7th November).

Sandy Lawrie, head of the novel foods unit at the UK’s Food Standards Agency, wrote: ‘The Commission held meetings at the end of September with representatives from honey exporting countries and with EU stakeholders.

‘They confirmed that the implications of the ECJ ruling are clear in that: pollen is regarded as both a component of honey and an ingredient, as defined in food labelling legislation.

‘Honey should therefore be labelled with a list of ingredients.

‘If some or all of the pollen is from a GM source, it should be labelled accordingly unless it is exempt under the 0.9 per cent threshold.

‘This proportion is calculated in relation to the total pollen content of the product.

It is reported that the legislation may take a year to prepare.  It is unfortunate that the ruling arose because an amateur beekeeper took the State of Bavaria to court because he was unable to sell his honey because his bees foraged on experimental planting of GMO maize.

One wonders how the rest of the ingredients in honey will be described – ‘Sugars’?