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Honey Production and Labelling

Honey offered for sale to the consumer must comply with the European Communities (Marketing of Honey) Regulations 2003 (SI No. 367 of 2003). These regulations aim to ensure the honey is of acceptable quality and accurately labelled, especially in terms of origin. This Department carries out inspections to ensure compliance with these regulations and penalties are applied for infringements. Beekeepers are encouraged to register with this Department for food hygiene purposes and are issued with a unique beekeeper registration number.



The following documents have been included solely for guidance purposes.  Please note that only texts published in the Official Journal of the European Union (see for official European Union legal text) or Iris Oifigiúil (for official Irish text at are legally valid.  For full details you should consult the legal text.