Honey composition and labelling is controlled by The Honey (England) Regulations 2015. This legislation lays down reserved descriptions that must be used for:
- the source from which the honey is obtained (for example, blossom, honeydew)
- the processes by which it’s obtained (for example, drained, extracted)
- the way it’s presented (for example, comb, chunk honey)
- The regulations lay down detailed specifications honey must comply with in terms of its composition and sets out some general quality criteria for honey.
- Where a reserved description is used (for example, ‘comb honey’ or ‘honeydew honey’), the product must be made according to the defined compositional criteria.