- New York State residents, agencies, elected officials, beekeepers
- United States of America
Question:Do you want honey cut with corn syrup or do you want pure honey?
Answer: Say "yes" to pure honey!
Legislation is in the NYS legislature to define pure honey (S3321). Due to adulterated Chinese honey entering the US food stream, a more definitive description of pure honey is needed. This Bill is needed to protect the image of pure honey and to protect the consumer from adulterated honey or honey pretenders.
New York beekeepers also need a level playing field to compete with cheap adulterated imports by having an established reasonable standard for all products labeled "honey".
This legislation should not affect the majority of honey producers in New York, but may weed out and discourage those seeking to sell substandard honey in New York.
This legislation has the support of major beekeeping organizations in New York and is almost identical to the California standard of identity for honey, which has been in place since 2009.
For more information see: RochesterHoney.com
Therefore, we support the New York legislature bills A5164 and S3321. We, the undersigned, propose that section 205, Defining Honey, which is inadequate, be repealed and replaced by A5164 and S3321, a more expanded definition for honey.