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Voluntary Honey or Maple Syrup Producer Registration

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Public Act 19-18 transferred the regulation of honey and maple syrup from the Department of Consumer Protection to the Department of Agriculture. The public act did not provide for the registration of honey and maple syrup producers, nor did it provide for labeling or sanitary standards for honey and maple syrup producers. We have received numerous inquiries related to registration, because honey and maple syrup producers may want to register their operations for market access purposes. To facilitate market access, the department is accepting voluntary registrations at this time. Please go to our eLicense system to register.

The department is currently in the process of promulgating regulations concerning the registration of producers and standards for the manufacture and labeling of honey and maple syrup. Honey and maple syrup producers should know that generally speaking all food including honey and maple syrup falls under FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, preventive controls rules. Under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act rules, all food manufacturing businesses must comply with Subpart B, Current Good Manufacturing Practices of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act rules and food product labeling requirements.

Some facilities may also be required to comply with Subpart C, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls of the FDA rules and create a food safety plan. The FDA rules provide for certain modified requirements to the preventive controls rules based on the income from the sales of all food, the number of employees, and/or if the activity occurs on a farm, and/or if the actual food being produced is considered low risk. In general, the modified requirements for those who qualify, exempt food manufacturing facilities from Subpart C, Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls requirement for a written food safety plan and Subpart G, Supply-Chain Program.

The department believes that many honey and maple syrup producers, qualify for the modified requirements. To take advantage of the modified requirements to the preventive controls rules you must file an attestation with the FDA.

Please note: Public Act 19-18 did not transfer responsibility for honey and maple syrup products that contain added ingredients, nor was responsibility for other fruit or tree sap based syrups transferred to the department. Producers of honey and maple syrup products that contain added ingredients or, fruit or tree sap syrups other than maple must contact the Department of Consumer Protection DCP.FoodandStandards@ct.gov or 860-713-6160.

If you have any questions regarding registration with DoAg please contact: AGLicensing@ct.gov (860) 713-2512.

If you have any questions regarding regulatory requirements for honey or maple syrup, please contact: agr.commodities@ct.gov (860) 713-2513