Any beekeeper with 20 or more colonies of bees who is extracting and selling honey at retail or wholesale is required to be licensed as a food processor, and is subject to inspection by the department.
Extractors who have fewer than 20 colonies and extract only their own honey under the Oregon Department of Agriculture´s administrative policy are considered to be hobbyists, and therefore exempt from licensing and inspection requirements. While extractors with fewer than 20 colonies may sell their honey through any retail channel, the product produced is required to be properly labeled. Extractors must submit an application for exemption with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Division. There is no fee to file an exemption, and the application for exemption may be forwarded to the Food Safety Division, 635 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301.
Since honey is a viscous commodity, it shall be sold in terms of weight. An ODA approved and licensed scale is required. Please refer to the “Weights and measures”€¯ section of the ”What everyone needs to know” chapter.