CATCH THE BUZZ – American Beekeeping Federation Wants Your Help For The Added Sugar Honey Label

Call to Action: FDA is requiring honey labels to list “added sugars.” Speak OUT!

This message is a reminder that on March 6 at 11:59 PM Eastern time the comment period to let the FDA know your opinion about their rule requiring honey labels to list “added sugars.” will be closed.  Whether you are a large or small beekeeper or honey packer, you are urged to submit comments to the docket TODAY or certainly prior to March 6.

As ABF Vice-President Tim May and I have written in previous articles, this FDA rule will lead consumers to believe that honey is adulterated when in fact pure, natural honey contains no added sugars whatsoever.   Consumer surveys, conducted by the National Honey Board, confirm that consumers will indeed be confused by this proposed label language. 

We in the honey industry view honey adulteration as a serious issue. The implication that honey may be adulterated (as clearly suggested by this proposed labeling which states honey contains “added sugars”) is of great concern as it will likely create an unnecessary negative perception of our product.

While it is recognized that honey may be a source of sugar added to foods, there is nothing added to pure honey that is packaged as such.

It would be much more logical and prudent if the FDA would consider listing the naturally occurring sugar content of 100% pure honey as “Total Sugars” and not “Added Sugars.”

You are urged to let FDA know your opinion by submitting comments to the following Docket: Click and COMMENT NOW: Draft Guidance For Industry- Questions and Answers on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels Related to the Compliance Date…

Gene Brandi

ABF President

Thank you for your continued support of the American Beekeeping Federation!