USDA Clarifies Obligations for Honey Packers Regarding Country of Origin Labeling

July 06, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published a final rule clarifying that all honey must include conspicuous and indelible country-of-origin labeling, in English, to meet applicable USDA regulations and U.S. Customs law.

AMS was petitioned by honey industry members to clarify obligations for honey packers regarding country of origin labeling.

The rule was published in the Federal Register July 6, 2018, and is effective immediately. The rule is also available for viewing at For more information, contact Brian E. Griffin, USDA/AMS Specialty Crops Inspection Division, at (202) 748-2155 or

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