What are the differences between organic honey and regular honey? What is raw honey? What is organic honey? What’s the difference between them? Marketing is playing with our knowledge and uses different terms to attract buyers.
There are two major types of honey considering:
Regular honey may imply:
honey bees foraging area
All these standards were first stated by Europe Union and then followed by many other countries such as New Zealand and Australia.
In US, the USDA 100% organic seal is not a guarantee for organic honey. There are few federal standards for honey, but no government certification and no consequences for making false claims.
In Europe Union, the rules on organic honey are very clear, and the law in EU is so strict that it is very difficult for beekeepers to comply with it. European rules state that within a radius of three kilometers from the apiary site, nectar and pollen sources must be essentially organic. This is only the tip of the iceberg and there are many more rules relating to the hive construction, hive management and honey processing too. The organic certification means that the beekeepers have to get the approval of compliance with regulations for:
What does this all mean for people looking to buy genuine organic honey? You are going to find a lots of organic honey on the shelves of any major supermarket, but because most likely all of it will be produced outside of the Europe Union, you really can’t be sure what the organic label means without doing a lot of digging around to check out the certifying body stated on the label. And if there is no certifying body stated on the label – forget it!
The result of all the strict Europe Union rules is that EU honeys are one of the most quality in the world and when the customers see the honey labeled as EU Organic they can be sure - the honey is that it is what it claims to be.