Hi - The education section of our website is currently being updated to reflect the new codes and standards for Australia/ South Australia - new content will be online June 2018 - Thanks
To assist you learning ~ We invite you to view Adelaide Beekeeping Supplies updated " Selling Honey" page at http://www.adelaidebeekeeping.com.au/i-want-to-sell-honey/
Lorraine & Marty
THE 3 R'S:
The selling of honey in South Australia is quite a separate issue to that of needing to be a registered beekeeper to keep bees.
The sale of food to the public in this state must comply with food safety legislation as well as national weights and measures and food labeling laws.
No person or business is permitted to sell honey direct to the public unless they are a registered food business. This includes via the internet, shops, markets or private sale.
The law for “primary producers” is a different scenario, however they must in addition to primary producer requirements register as a food business if selling direct to the public.
Honey is a “prescribed food” and as such the law is very clear as to what constitutes HONEY – please refer to the standards below
Codex Alimentarius - International food safety standards published by the UN's World Health Organisation. CODEX STAN 12-19811 (PDF)
HONEY International trade codes
HS 0409.00 ( harmonized classification)
SITC 061.6 ( standard international trade classification)
BEES WAX International trade codes
HS 1521.90 ( harmonized classification)
SITC 431.64 ( standard international trade classification)
Registered Food Business
Food safety is the jurisdiction of local government. If selling any food items direct to the public you must register as a food business via your local council.
This applies to small kitchen enterprises the same as large food premises.
If you are registered as a food business in a council area and you intend to sell at a market / stall in another council area you must notify that council also of your intentions.
Your local council environment health officer can assist you with meeting the requirements for selling food direct to the public.
Please note new country of origin food labelling laws as from 1st July 2016 http://www.foodlabels.industry.gov.au
Local councils ( click on your local council and search food)
Notification if selling at markets/ stalls outside of your registered district council area ( click on the relevant council and contact the environmental health officer)
Your local City or District Council (click on the relevant council and contact the environmental health officer)
There are multiple packaging companies in SA that retail food grade tamper evident containers. Be mindful that honey will etch metal and your containers need to be ‘food grade’
Honey is sold by weight not by volume in Australia
1ml = 1.433 g 1000ml = 1.43 kg
It is envisaged that food labeling requirements may change in the future – please ensure you remain up to date with these changes.