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Honey Labelling

In #France, the Syndicat National des Miels (National Honey Union) requested the rescission for abuse of power of the decree of April 4, 2022 that modifies the decree of June 30, 2003 concerning #honey

In France, the Syndicat National des Miels (National Honey Union) requested the rescission for abuse of power of the decree of April 4, 2022 that modifies the decree of June 30, 2003 concerning honey. This decree, by its article 2, makes mandatory the mention of the countries of origin on honey labels when they are packaged in France.

The Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) rejected the request. In accordance with the directive of December 20, 2001, which carries out a complete harmonization of the regulations regarding honey labeling, Member States, on the one hand, can choose to impose in their territory, in the case of a mixture of honeys, the obligation to indicate on labels the countries of origin of the honeys used. On the other hand, they are required to accept on their national market mixtures of honeys, with only a generic indication of the origin of the honeys used, when these have been packaged in another Member State whose regulations only require this generic indication based on the other option opened up by the directive.

So France can choose to be more restrictive in accordance with the directive of December 20, 2001, in its country, but it cannot impose these restrictions on products imported from other Member States.