Cottage Food Operation Information

August 13, 2019
Jaime Garza, County of San Diego | Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures Apiary/Agricultural Standards Inspector

Dear Beekeeper, 

Please find some helpful links that explain the following information on Cottage Food Operations which allows individuals to prepare and/or package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as "cottage food operations" (CFOs): 

 *Honey label has specific requirements in the California Food & Ag Code as well. 

All honey containers must have the following labeling:  

  1. Identity: common product name “Honey” you can also choose to include floral or blossom source of honey in addition to product name Honey

  2. Responsibility: name and address of producer or distributor

  3. Quantity: Net weight of honey should be in pounds or ounces AND grams and follow standard honey container weights found in FAC 29502https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/food-and-agricultural-code-formerly-agricultural-code/fac-sect-29502.html

  4. US Grade: see USDA Standards for Grades of Extracted Honey manual TABLE IV and TABLE V https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Extracted_Honey_Standard%5B1%5D.pdf

  5. Color: only if honey is packed in opaque container – see USDA Grades of Extracted Honey manual TABLE I – color designations 

 Here are some helpful links to help you better understand honey labeling: 

California Food & Agricultural Code FAC 29611 (Honey container labeling) https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/food-and-agricultural-code-formerly-agricultural-code/fac-sect-29611.html  

California Food & Agricultural Code FA 29502 (Standard honey container weight) https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/food-and-agricultural-code-formerly-agricultural-code/fac-sect-29502.html

National Honey Board honey labeling information https://www.honey.com/honey-industry/regulation/honey-labeling

USDA Standards for Grades of Extracted Honey Manual https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Extracted_Honey_Standard%5B1%5D.pdf 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Respectfully,
Jaime Garza, County of San Diego | Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures | Apiary/Agricultural Standards Inspector, Phone: 858-614-7738 | Email: jaime.garza@sdcounty.ca.gov | Website: www.sdcountybees.org