To apply for Wisconsin Certified Honey status, the applicant completes the Certified Honey Application form, submits the lab test results, and a $50 application fee to DATCP. DATCP will provide written notice of acceptance or rejection of the application to the applicant. An accepted application is good until December 31 of the next odd-numbered year. A successful applicant can use the “Wisconsin Certified Honey” wording on any label they choose to make. WHPA will provide members of the logo in electronic format once the application has been approved. Contact Tim Fulton for the logo file at email@example.com.
The law and the rules do not charge DATCP with creating any kind of testing program to prove or disprove whether honey is meeting the standard of identity. The law does allow a private lawsuit by a person who suffers damages as a result of violation of the honey standard. The law also allows DATCP to take action against a person who violates the honey standard or misuses the Wisconsin Certified Honey wording.
The labs below preform the Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio analysis which is required for certification. Neither of these companies is endorsed by DATCP or WHPA. They are listed only because they are known to provide such testing. Other labs that offer the Stable Carbon Isotope Ratio analysis may be used.
- Siratech, Inc. in Kyle, TX www.siratech.us.com
- Krueger Food Laboratories, Inc. in Billerica, MA www.kfl.com
The estimated the lab analysis costs are about $250.
In order to encourage WHPA members to apply for certification, WHPA will be applying for a grant to help reduce that cost of testing. If the grant is approved more information will be posted regarding how it will be applied to reduce the costs of testing.
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