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Codex Alimentarius Honey Standard

The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations.


The attached file is the set standard for honey. It describes the composition and quality standards of honey, and gives recommendations for labelling of honey, and methods for sampling and analysis.  The standard is applicable to honey from apis mellifera, but not for example to the honey from stingless bees.

For more information about the Codex Alimentarius, visit the website: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp