You Can No Longer Call Your Product Honey If It Has Added Sugar

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If you thought all was sweet and golden in the world of honey production, think again! The FDA has recently announced that manufacturers are no longer allowed to call their product "honey" if it contains any added sweeteners.

The Associated Press reports:

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

The agency said enforcement action is possible against U.S. food businesses or importers if companies try to cut those sweeteners into real honey and do not label the product correctly. If those sweeteners are added, the label should read "blend of sugar and honey" or "blend of honey and corn syrup."


The crackdown on honey is all a part of the Food and Drug Administration's larger campaign to cut down on unnecessary sugar and corn syrup in food.

Anyway, look forward to a bunch of new exciting products like "Huny" and "Honeeeee" coming to a condiment aisle near you. (Honeeeee is actually just cream cheese frosting, but it comes in a bear-shaped jar and tastes great on cereal and toast.)

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Dr Mrs The Monarch

And now to be the person who says: if you can,** you should seriously not buy honey at the grocery store. Buy it from a farmer's market or some other local vendor.

** I know not everyone can and it's a luxury/privilege. But seriously IF you can get it elsewhere, you should. Support people who take good care of their bees, plus get the benefits of local honey like its anti-allergen properties! (But mostly support local bee populations, because that shit's important.)