Section 10012 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), or the 2014 Farm Bill, charged the Secretary of Agriculture with developing a report describing how a Federal standard of identity for honey would be in the interest of consumers, the honey industry, and U.S. agriculture. By definition, (FFDCA Ch. 4. Sec. 401. Sec. 341), a Federal standard of identity, promotes honesty and fair dealing in the interest of consumers.
The Secretary delegated responsibility for completing the report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division. Among its other roles, SCI develops and maintains U.S. standards for many commodities, including honey.
Pursuant to the Farm Bill mandate...