View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 961

Senator KIMBRELL proposed the following amendment (961R001.SP.JK):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1 and inserting:

/ SECTION1. Section 39-25-20(t) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

" (t)The term 'honey' means the raw food product produced by honeybees for human consumption. Honey and honey products are subject to all labeling requirements of this chapter. Honey sold wholesale to other retail outlets for resale must be processed and packaged in an inspected and registered food processing facility in accordance with the act regardless of the amount of overall honey produced by the beekeeper.

Beekeepers producing no more than four hundred gallons (4,800 pounds) of honey annually and who only may sell directly to the end consumer and are exempt from inspections and regulations requiring honey to be processed, extracted, and packaged in an inspected food processing establishment, or from being required to obtain a registration verification certificate (RVC) from the Department of Agriculture. However, labels are required on all containers of honey that are sold in South Carolina. Beekeepers must file for the exemption on forms to be provided by the Department of Agriculture. Beekeepers who file for, and obtain, the exemption certificate from the Department of Agriculture may sell directly to inspected food processing establishments that maintain an RVC for subsequent wholesale or resale sales. Any end user or retailer who buys honey produced pursuant to this subsection must keep a record of all honey purchases that will be resold or used in products that will be sold." /