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California Laws | Food and Agriculture Code
DIVISION 13. BEE MANAGEMENT AND HONEY PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2. HONEY

29555. No emergency standard shall be construed to modify in any respect any provision of this chapter which is designed to prevent deception or mislabeling, or which is designed to prevent the marketing of honey which is unwholesome or which would fail to give consumer satisfaction. (7865)

29556. Every emergency standard which is issued pursuant to this article, before it may become effective, shall be published in one or more newspapers, trade papers, or industry publications which are deemed best adapted to give notice to interested persons, together with a notice of the time and place for hearing objections. (7866)

29557. The hearing shall be not less than 10 nor more than 20 days from the date of publication. (7867)

29558. Notice of hearing shall be mailed not less than 10 days prior to the date of the hearing to all persons that have filed with the director a request for notice of such hearings. (7868)

29559. At the hearing, interested parties shall be heard and a record kept of the proceedings for determination by the director of the facts which are shown at the hearing. If it is developed by competent testimony that additional time will be required to produce further essential evidence, the director shall continue the hearing to a date which will allow sufficient time for the production of such evidence. (7869)

29560. The director, upon his findings on the facts shown at the hearing, shall rescind, modify, or affirm the emergency standard as published. The action of the director in rescinding, modifying, or affirming any emergency standard shall take effect on the day appointed therefor, and the emergency standard, as modified or affirmed, shall continue in effect until it is suspended or rescinded by the director, or until the 91st day after adjournment of the next regular session of the Legislature, whichever first occurs. (7870)

29561. Any emergency standard may be amended, suspended, or rescinded upon notice and hearing pursuant to the same procedure as is provided for the establishment of such standard. (7871)

Article 7. Comb Honey (29581-29587) (7872)(Text)

29581. All comb honey shall be conspicuously marked, either on the section or on its individual container, with all of the following: (7873)

(a) The name and address of the producer or distributor of the comb honey. (7874)

(b) The net weight of the comb section, stated in terms of whole ounces. (7875)

(c) One of the United States grades which are established for honey by the United States Department of Agriculture. (7876)

29582. All comb honey shall meet the requirements of the color classification and grades as defined in United States grades, color standards, and packing requirements for honey by the United States Department of Agriculture, according to the color classification and grade as marked. (7877)

29583. Any container of comb honey which is marked as to color shall be considered as properly marked if the color of the honey in the container is equal to or lighter than the description as marked. (7878)

29584. Opaque containers of bulk or chunk comb honey shall be marked with the color the honey would be if extracted, unless it is in the unclassified grade. (7879)

29585. If comb honey is in crystallized form, a sample of the honey shall be liquefied and the honey graded on the liquid basis. (7880)

29586. In order to allow for variations which are incident to proper grading and handling, not more than 5 percent, by count, of the containers or of the subcontainers in any lot of honey may be below the requirements for the grade. (7881)

29587. Comb honey which has crystallized shall be conspicuously marked with the word "crystallized" on a placard which is used in connection with such honey that has reference to it. (7882)

Article 8. Extracted Honey (29611-29620) (7883)(Text)

29611. Every container or subcontainer of extracted honey shall be conspicuously marked with all of the following: (7884)

(a) The name and address of the producer or distributor of the extracted honey. (7885)

(b) The net weight of the honey in the container. (7886)

(c) One of the United States grades which are established for honey by the United States Department of Agriculture. This subdivision does not, however, apply to honey to which pollen has been added, if the amount of pollen added is visible and each such container is plainly and conspicuously labeled with the words "pollen added". (7887)

(d) In the case of any opaque container, with the color of the honey. (7888)

29612. All extracted honey shall meet the requirements of the color classifications and grades as defined in United States grades, color standards, and packing requirements for honey by the United States Department of Agriculture, according to the color classification and grade as marked. (7889)

29613. Any container of extracted honey which is marked as to color shall be considered as properly marked if the color of the honey in the container is equal to or lighter than the description as marked. (7890)

29614. If extracted honey is in crystallized form, a sample of the honey shall be liquefied and the honey graded on the liquid basis. (7891)

29615. All extracted honey regardless of grade term as marked, shall be free from serious damage and at least as free from excessive foreign material as honey that has been strained through standard bolting cloth of 23 meshes per inch. Serious damage means any injury or defect that seriously affects the appearance or edibility of the honey such as any of the following: (7892)

(a) Overheating, which destroys both natural color and flavor. (7893)

(b) Fermentation, which causes either foam or sourness, or both. (7894)

(c) Objectionable flavor from any substance or thing other than floral source. (7895)

29616. In order to allow for variations which are incident to proper grading and handling, not more than 5 percent, by count, of the containers or of the subcontainers in any lot of honey may be below the requirements for the grade, but no part of this tolerance is allowed for defects which cause serious damage, as defined in Section 29615. (7896)

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