Directive 2001/110 - Honey

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This directive has been published on January 12, 2002 and entered into force on February  1, 2002.


Key information

official title

Council Directive 2001/110/EC of 20 December 2001 relating to honey
Legal instrument Directive
Number legal act Directive 2001/110
Original proposal COM(1995)722
CELEX number i 32001L0110


Key dates

Document 20-12-2001
Publication in Official Journal 12-01-2002; Special edition in Slovenian: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Polish: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Czech: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 13 Volume 030,Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 13 Volume 033,Special edition in Hungarian: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Lithuanian: Chapter 13 Volume 027,OJ L 10, 12.1.2002,Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 13 Volume 033,Special edition in Slovak: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Latvian: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Estonian: Chapter 13 Volume 027,Special edition in Maltese: Chapter 13 Volume 027
Effect 01-02-2002; Entry into force Date pub. + 20 See Art 10
Deadline 31-07-2003; At the latest See Art 9
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text

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Council Directive 2001/110/EC of 20 December 2001 relating to honey

Official Journal L 010 , 12/01/2002 P. 0047 - 0052

Council Directive 2001/110/EC

of 20 December 2001

relating to honey


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community, and in particular Article 37 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the Commission(1),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament(2),

Having regard to the opinion of the Economic and Social Committee(3),


  • (1) 
    Certain vertical directives relating to foods should be simplified in order to take account only of the essential requirements to be met by the products they cover in order that those products may move freely within the internal market, in accordance with the conclusions of the European Council held in Edinburgh on 11 and 12 December 1992, confirmed by those of the European Council in Brussels on 10 and 11 December 1993.
  • (2) 
    Council Directive 74/409/EEC of 22 July 1974 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to honey(4) was justified by the fact that differences between national laws on the definition of honey, the various types of honey and the characteristics required of it could result in conditions of unfair competition likely to mislead consumers, and thereby have a direct effect on the establishment and functioning of the common market.
  • (3) 
    Directive 74/409/EEC and its subsequent amendments consequently established definitions, specified the different types of honey which could be placed on the market under appropriate names, laid down common rules on composition and determined the main labelling information so as to ensure the free movement of these products within the Community.
  • (4) 
    For the sake of clarity Directive 74/409/EEC should be recast, in order to make rules on the conditions for the production and marketing of honey more accessible and to bring it into line with general Community legislation on foodstuffs, particularly legislation on labelling, contaminants and methods of analysis.
  • (5) 
    The general food-labelling rules laid down in Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council(5) should apply subject to certain conditions. In view of the close link between the quality of honey and its origin, it is indispensable that full information on those matters be available so that the consumer is not misled regarding the quality of the product. The particular consumer interests as regards the geographical characteristics of honey and full transparency in this regard necessitate that the country of origin where the honey has been harvested should be included in the labelling.
  • (6) 
    No pollen or other individual ingredient of honey is to be removed, unless that is inevitable when organic and inorganic foreign materials are removed. That process may be carried out by filtering. Where such filtering leads to the removal of a significant quantity of pollen, the consumer must be correctly informed to that effect by means of an appropriate indication on the label.
  • (7) 
    Honey the name of which includes indications concerning floral, vegetable, regional, territorial or topographical origin or specific quality criteria may not have filtered honey added to it. So that the transparency of the market may be improved, the labelling of filtered honeys and baker's honeys must be mandatory for every transaction on the bulk market.
  • (8) 
    As the Commission stressed in its communication to the European Parliament and the Council of 24 June 1994 on European apiculture, the Commission may adopt methods of analysis to ensure compliance with the compositional characteristics and additional specific statements for all honey marketed in the Community.
  • (9) 
    It is desirable to take account of the work...


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