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    And still no one has answered the question. What is the definition of Honey if I sell it.
    I could feed my bees during a wet Spring/Summer and sell it a honey.
    If i had hives in a desert could I feed them non stop and sell it as desert honey from Quatar or wherever.

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    Trading standards can detect sugar in honey so if you plan to sell it you might get caught.
    Local council officers and suchlike do spot checks for weight, sugars and pollen content as some people have been known to repackage cheap foreign honey and that is easily detectible via pollen content.
    If you are feeding and they are storing what you feed, it is not honey. It is syrup with perhaps a little honey and pollen in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greengage View Post
    And still no one has answered the question. What is the definition of Honey if I sell it.
    I could feed my bees during a wet Spring/Summer and sell it a honey.
    If i had hives in a desert could I feed them non stop and sell it as desert honey from Quatar or wherever.
    As above, and ....

    ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/012/i0842e/i0842e10.pdf

    Definition of honey according to the EU

    Honey is the natural sweet substance, produced by Apis mellifera bees from the nectar of plants or from secretions of living parts of plants, or excretions of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which the bees collect, transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store and leave in honeycombs to ripen and mature.

    The EU definition states that honey is only honey according to the definition when it is produced by Apis mellifera honeybees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    If you are feeding and they are storing what you feed, it is not honey. It is syrup with perhaps a little honey and pollen in it.
    It's surprising how many new beekeepers, who have been told to feed, feed, feed, their nucs and then put them into full sized boxes because they need the space, take a little of the 'honey' and comment on how watery it tastes. It's their first practical experience of how syrup gets stored, how the stores look the same as sealed honey but tastes like sugar.

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    Greengage: common sense plays quite a large part.
    Last edited by prakel; 23-09-2015 at 06:35 AM.

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    There is a quick test to see if honey had been adulterated with sugar syrup
    Take a jar of water and run some honey into it
    It should easily sink to the bottom of the jar
    If there is sugar syrup in the honey you will see the mixing of the sugar syrup with the water


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    I couldnt open the link by Gavin but i found this: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/1348/made
    It is for England so I assume it would not be much different over here.

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