Honey sales deregulated in Florida

August 23, 2011, 12:11 am

Florida’s Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it’s adding honey to its list of “cottage foods.” Small-scale beekeepers (those who have no more than $15,000 a year in sales) can now bottle and sell honey without getting permits and preparing it in a Department of Agriculture-inspected kitchen. Making, selling and storing “cottage foods” in unlicensed home kitchens was approved earlier this year by state legislators. The list of products includes rolls, biscuits, fruit pies and trail mix.

The action will help backyard beekeepers whose costly hobbies haven’t been sustainable. Denman, for instance, said the new rule would let him make about $3,000 annually. It also could help consumers who want to buy local foods and are “a little bit more aware of organic food production,” said Jerry Hayes, chief of the apiary section for the Department of Agriculture. A pound of honey sold out of somebody’s house goes for about $5.

Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/os-honey-sales-deregulated-20110822,0,7334379.story

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