Commercial Item Description

The USDA released its approved Honey Commercial Item Description (CID) on October 23, 2019. This CID (A-A-20380) covers honey, packed in commercially acceptable containers, suitable for use and under inspection or surveillance by federal, state, local governments, and other interested parties. Guidelines include:

  • Type(s), source(s), floral source(s), preparation(s), color(s), grade(s), and agricultural practice(s) of the honey desired 
  • Analytical and authenticity tests to be performed 
  • When analytical requirements are different than specified 
  • When compliance with analytical requirements must be verified 
  • When emerging analytical methods for economic adulteration are to be performed 
  • When analytical testing for residues are to be performed 
  • Manufacturer’s/distributor’s certification or USDA certification

The CID is an important step in the industry’s continued efforts to ensure the purity and quality of the honey sold in the U.S. 

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