Oil and Preserves: Honey


The Honey (England) Regulations 2015 set out the specifications with which a product must comply in order to be described as ‘honey’. Provision is made for different types of honey to be marketed under reserved descriptions and specific rules concerning labelling, presentation and information on origin. The term ‘honey’ means:

… the natural sweet substance produced by Apis mellifera bees from the nectar of plants or from secretions of living parts of plants or excretions of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of plants which the bees collect, transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store and leave in honeycombs to ripen and mature.