How Do I Legally Sell My Honey?
You must either register or apply for exemption from the SC Department of Agriculture. Both applications are available at agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/consumer-protection/ foodfeed-safety-compliance/.
All Honey sold in South Carolina must be properly labeled. Labels must comply with the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. SCDA Food Safety will review labels for compliance with the FPLA at time of registration or exemption application.
Please download the Honey Sales Quick Guide for latest SCDA guidelines.
Honey is typically sold by weight, rather than volume. It is heavier than water, the standard for fluid ounces. This is why one cup of water is considered both 8 fluid ounces and 8 ounces by weight. However, 8 fluid ounces of honey will actually weigh 12 ounces. A gallon of honey (128 fluid oz.) weighs approximately 12 lbs. In South Carolina you need to label your honey by weight not fluid ounces.