Labelling Requirements for Honey Products
List of Ingredients – Honey Products

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Honey is a sweetening agent as defined in Division 18 of the FDR. A sweetening agent packed as such (e.g., pure honey) is exempted from being declared in parentheses following the term "Sugars" in the list of ingredients [B.01.008.3(4)(a), FDR]. Therefore, for such single ingredient foods the common name of the product is considered to be the list of ingredients.

For example: consider the ingredient list of a prepackaged container of honey. The list of ingredients will show:

Ingredients: Honey

However, if honey is combined with another ingredient such as a flavour, royal jelly, or other non-sweetening ingredients, honey will not lose its exemption as per B.01.008.3(4)(a) of the FDR. As long as the honey product still meets the standard for honey and uses a modified standardized common name, the honey product would still be considered a sweetening agent and therefore exempted from being grouped in parentheses following the term "Sugars", in the list of ingredients.

For example: consider the ingredient list of a prepackaged lavender-flavoured honey product. The list of ingredients will show:

Ingredients: Honey, Lavender

For more information, refer to Grouping Sugars-based Ingredients.

When Used in Multi-ingredient Foods

When used in multi-ingredient foods such as candies and biscuits, honey may functionally substitute sugar (i.e., confer sweetening properties to the final product). In the List of Ingredients of such a product, the sweetening agent (in this case honey) would be required to be grouped in parentheses following the term "Sugars" and placed in descending order relative to the other ingredients in the product.

For more information, refer to Grouping Sugars-based Ingredients.

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