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Food-specific requirements and guidance – 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.


Before you review information related specifically to honey, read the information on General food requirements and guidance. The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) set out many requirements that apply across food commodities, along with the honey-specific requirements highlighted here.

Additional requirements for Food imports and Food exports may apply also to your business.

Know the requirements

Canadian Standards of Identity Volume 5, Honey
Learn about the standards of identity for honey.

Canadian Grade Compendium Volume 6, Honey
Learn about the grade requirements for honey.

Grade Names for Imported Food
Check item 1 in this table for information relevant to honey.

Units of Measurement for the Net Quantity Declaration of Certain Foods
Units of measurement for prepackaged food, consumer prepackaged food and prepackaged food other than consumer prepackaged food.

Maximum Quantity Limits for Personal Use Exemption
There are quantity limits defined for honey that determine whether you can qualify for a personal use exemption.

Canadian export requirements for honey – Overview
Learn about the requirements for exporting honey.

Preventive control recommendations

Preventive controls for honey products
Find information on select preventive control recommendations for operators to help mitigate food safety risks associated with the preparation of honey.

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