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Cottage food products must be labeled in accordance with the requirements as outlined in Section 500.80(5), Florida Statutes, and United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 101. A cottage food operation may only sell cottage food products which are prepackaged with a label attached that contains the following information (printed in English):
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Honey as defined by the Florida Standard of Identity for Honey (Rule: 5K-4.027) "means the natural food product resulting from the harvest of nectar by honey bees and the natural activities of the honey bees in processing nectar. It consists essentially of different sugars, predominately fructose and glucose as well as other substances such as organic acids, enzymes and solid particles derived from honey collection. The color of honey can vary from nearly colorless to dark brown. The consistency can be fluid, viscous or partially to completely crystallized. The flavor and aroma vary, but are derived from the plant's origin" (https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleNo.asp?id=5K-4.027).
The name of the product. The single word "honey" is acceptable.
The ingredients of the cottage food product, in descending order of predominance by weight. If honey contains any flavoring, spice or other added ingredient, then those additives must also appear on the label; for example, "lime essence honey." See Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rule 5K-4.027 (4) Standard Identity for Honey (https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?id=5K-4.027).
The net weight or net volume of the cottage food product. The contents of the product should be expressed in net weight or net volume. The statement must be displayed in the bottom 30% of the label. The words "net weight" may be abbreviated to "Net.Wt."
Allergen information as specified by federal labeling requirements. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act requires food labels to identify in plain English if the product contains any of the eight major food allergens; milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soybeans. The Act does not include honey, and honey is not listed as an allergen. However, honey has been associated with infant botulism and as such is considered a dietary risk for infants less than one year of age. It is recommended beekeepers display on their labels, "Do not feed to infants less than one year old." See the following document for more information: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/aa142.
The following statement must be in at least 10-point type in a color that provides a clear contrast to the background of the label: "Made in a cottage food operation that is not subject to Florida's food safety regulations."
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