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Origin labelling for honey blends on Slovenia’s presidency agenda: ‘EU producers can hardly compete with imported honey’

16th January 2021


Origin labelling for honey blends on Slovenia’s presidency agenda: ‘EU producers can hardly compete with imported honey’

When Slovenia takes on the presidency of the Council of the EU later this year, it wants to make origin labelling for honey blends more transparent. This would benefit producers and consumers alike, says the country’s food and agricultural chief, Darja Majkovič.

Prepacked honey must be labelled with its name, the name and address of the producer / packer, country of origin, storage conditions, a best-before date, lot mark, warnings and weight marking. The product may only be called 'honey' if it complies with the prescribed compositional standards.

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Food Labelling Services comments:

All honey for sale in the UK & EU should declare a geographical origin on the label. If the honey originates in more than one EU Member State or third country, one of the following statements should be declared. Now that the UK has left the EU, it is a third country:
- “blend of EU honeys”
- “blend of non-EU honeys”
- “blend of EU and non-EU honeys”.

Due to production requirements and standards, the honey produced in the UK & EU is much more expensive to produce than, for example, honey from China. Therefore by making the specific country of origin mandatory on a label, will give the consumers more information as to where the honey is produced, and therefore the standards under which it was produced. 



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