Selling Honey in MissouriMissouri
maple syrup and/or sorghum processors may sell to retail stores when
they are inspected and found to comply with the Good Manufacturing
Practices (GMP) regulations. The DHSS Manufactured Food Program will
inspect these processors. Missouri food processors are not issued
permits but they must be able to prove compliance with all applicable
regulations. This may include local zoning and business licensing
The basics of the law
TITLE XVII )Chapter 261 Department of Agriculture
Sellers of honey, no manufacturing facilities required, when--exempt
from health standards and regulations, when--label requirements.
Universal Citation: MO Rev Stat § 261.241 (2015)
261.241. 1. Sellers
of honey whose annual sales of honey are fifty thousand dollars or less
per domicile shall not be required to construct or maintain separate
facilities for the bottling of honey. Such sellers shall be exempt from
all remaining health standards and regulations for the bottling of honey
pursuant to sections 196.190 to 196.271 if they meet the following
- (1) Honey shall be bottled in the domicile of the
person harvesting and selling the honey;
- (2) Honey shall be
labeled with the following information in legible English as set forth
in subsection 2 of this section;
- (3) Annual gross sales shall not
exceed fifty thousand dollars. The person harvesting such honey shall
maintain a record of sales of honey bottled and sold. The record shall
be available to the regulatory authority when requested.
- 2. The
honey shall be labeled with the following information:
and address of the persons preparing the food;
(2) Common name of
the food; and
(3) The name of all ingredients in the food.
addition to the usual food labeling requirements for cottage food
operations (See above and
this page) It is recommended that honey manufacturers/processors
include this additional statement to their product label: “Honey is not
recommended for infants less than twelve (12) months of age”.
- SB 500 was the law that brough about the changes to help small
producer-sellers of honey.