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Canadian Grade Compendium
Volume 6 - Honey

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements are being phased in over the following 12 to 30 months. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.

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Interpretation

1. The following definition applies in this volume.

"colour class" in respect of honey, means its hue or shade of colour as set out in Table 1 Colour Classes for Consumer Prepackaged Honey and Table 2 Colour Classes for Prepackaged Honey Other than Consumer Prepackaged Honey as determined by the use of a honey classifier or by the use of the Pfund honey grader. (classe de couleur)

Grades and Grade Names

2. (1) There are three grades of honey produced in Canada with the grade names Canada No. 1, Canada No. 2 and Canada No. 3 (see Volume 9, Import Grade Requirements for grade names used for imported honey).

(2) There are three grades of honey that is a blend of imported honey and Canadian honey with the grade names No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3.

Canada No. 1

3. Honey graded Canada No. 1 must

No. 1

4. Honey that is a blend, referred to in subsection 2(2), graded No. 1 must meet the requirements set out in paragraphs 3(a) to (k).

Canada No. 2

5. Honey graded Canada No. 2 must

No. 2

6. Honey that is a blend, referred to in subsection 2(2), graded No. 2 must meet the requirements set out in paragraphs 5(a) to (f).

Canada No. 3

7. Honey graded Canada No. 3 must

No. 3

8. Honey that is a blend, referred to in subsection 2(2), graded No. 3 must meet the requirements set out in paragraphs 7(a) and (b).

Colour Classes

9. (1) There are four colour classes of consumer prepackaged honey: "White", "Golden", "Amber", and "Dark".

(2) There are six colour classes of prepackaged honey other than consumer prepackaged honey: "Extra White", "White", "Golden", "Light Amber", "Dark Amber", and "Dark".

(3) The colour class, referred to in subsections (1) and (2), set out in Table 1 Colour Classes for Consumer Prepackaged Honey or Table 2 Colour Classes for Prepackaged Honey Other than Consumer Prepackaged Honey must have a designation on a Honey Classifier set out in the table or a reading on a Pfund Honey Grader set out in the table, as applicable.

Table 1: Colour Classes for Consumer Prepackaged Honey
Item Colour Class Designation on Honey Classifier Reading on Pfund Honey Grader
Darker than Not darker than More than Not more than
1. "White" White 30 mm
2. "Golden" White Golden 30 mm 50 mm
3. "Amber" Golden Amber 50 mm 85 mm
4. "Dark" Amber 85 mm
Table 2: Colour Classes for Prepackaged Honey Other than Consumer Prepackaged Honey
Item Colour Class Designation on Honey Classifier Reading on Pfund Honey Grader
Darker than Not darker than More than Not more than
1. "Extra White" Extra White 13 mm
2. "White" Extra White White 13 mm 30 mm
3. "Golden" White Golden 30 mm 50 mm
4. "Light Amber" Golden Amber 50 mm 85 mm
5. "Dark Amber" Amber Dark 85 mm 114 mm
6. "Dark" Dark 114 mm

10. The compositional requirements set out in the Table of Composition of Specific Kinds of Honey, for a kind of honey specified in the table, must meet the requirement set out in the table, as applicable.

Table of Composition of Specific Kinds of Honey
Item Composition of Honey Honeydew Honey Lavender, Rubinia, Alfalfa or Banksia Menziesii Honey Blossom Honey other than the kinds named in Column 3
1. Apparent reducing sugar calculated as invert sugar not less than 60% not less than 65% not less than 65%
2. Moisture not more than 20% not more than 20% not more than 20%
3. Apparent sucrose not more than 10% not more than 10% not more than 5%
4. Water-insoluble solids if not pressed not more than 0.1% not more than 0.1% not more than 0.1%
5. Water-insoluble solids if pressed not more than 0.5% not more than 0.5% not more than 0.5%
6. Ash not more than 1% not more than 0.6% not more than 0.6%
7. Acid not more than 40 milliequivalents per 1000 grams not more than 40 milliequivalents per 1000 grams not more than 40 milliequivalents per 1000 grams
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