Rules on Selling Honey

If you sell your own honey then there are things you should know about hygiene, jar labels and so on. If you are essentially a hobbyist just selling ‘from the door’ then the rules are relatively relaxed but anything more and you must be aware of the need for cleanliness when extracting honey and the correct form of labels to use.

The rules and regulations around selling honey are not straightforward and in particular you should be aware of the 2015 Honey (England) Regulations (that can be found here).

Members of OBKA will be aware that Andy Pedly, a retired Environmental Health Officer, gave a talk on ‘Food Safety Legislation and the Beekeeper’ on 07 Feb 2020. His talk is reported on in the March newsletter (available from the Newsletters section of the Members area) and there is a link to the slides from his talk on the Members Area Home Page.

Andy has also written a book, Food Safety for Bee Keepers, available from Northern Bee Books.

The BBKA has recently (Jan 2020 when noticed) updated their ‘Beekeeping Legislation‘ page. There are now 2 references to selling honey; the same link to The Honey (England) Regulations 2015 and a new link to information on the labelling of honey on the BusinessCompanion website. The information on the website is also available as a downloadable .PDF which we attach, below, for your convenience.

Labelling of honey.pdf

Honey FAQ

Although many of our members sell honey locally, we are unable to recommend a specific outlet for purchase of local honey. Most UK beekeepers are very small-scale producers, usually operating non-commercially. Our association, the Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association, is an educational charity which aims to promote knowledge of bees among the public and within the beekeeping community and improve the welfare of bees. While some of our members sell honey, that is done privately outside the association. As a charity, we cannot operate as, for example, a co-operative or agent selling honey on behalf of our members. As a result, we have no information on where local beekeepers sell their honey. Having said that during the summer Oxfordshire BKA and other local beekeeping associations often have stands at local (Oxfordshire, Warwickshire) village shows (e.g. Blenheim Flower Show and Brailes, Tysoe, Morton-in-the-Marsh village shows and at the Shipston Wool Fair) where members do sell their honey. All honey sold in the UK must give the name of the producer, the address, the country of origin, the nett weight and, possibly, indicate the type of honey. Expect to pay anywhere between £4.00 and £10.00 for a one pound jar of locally produced honey. Possible outlets for local honey include specialist food shops, farm shops, the Oxford Covered Market and some visitor attractions, especially National Trust properties.