To: Emily Miles, CEO of Food Standards Agency
Officially Define "Raw Honey" as a reserved description
This campaign has ended.
Explicitly define "Raw Honey" as a reserved description in the Honey (England) Regulations 2015.
Proposal: "Honey as it exists in the beehive. It cannot be heated above a permitted 40C. Larger particles of organic and inorganic matter may be lightly filtered out to retain naturally occurring enzymes below the permitted 40C. It may still contain small naturally occurring particulates."
1) A person trading in raw honey must use the name “honey” or “raw honey” in trade as the name of the product.
(2) A person must not use the name “raw honey” in trade as the name of a product if the product is not raw honey.
(3) A person must not use the name "raw honey" in trade as the name if the product is a blend of more than one country.
Why is this important?
Currently consumers are being misled by bigger companies who include "Raw" in a title. At the time of writing many retail and online stores are selling products with the word "Raw" in their title despite is not being a reserved description. Often the sellers are sourcing honey from other countries that don't hold such stringent regulations. Some are blends of more than one country. Smaller UK Beekeepers and Honey Farmers are being told to remove "raw" from the title yet many major stores are using it in their products. This is not a level playing field and misleading the consumer. There is currently no clarity on the wording. Stringent regulations need to be put in place to protect the consumer whilst at the same time level the playing field.
How it will be delivered
Contact the Food Standards Agency (FSA) directly.