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    Does anyone know offhand what is required to bring honey
    back into the US? I'm going to be on a boat to Jamaica
    at some point this winter and was hoping to bring back
    some souvenirs for fermentation. I assume as a
    food product it must at least be declared.

    Does it have to be processed/pasteurized?
    Is there a volumetric limit? Is a gallon going to get me
    bent over and probed?

    Thanks,
    Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by zweitracht
    Does anyone know offhand what is required to bring honey
    back into the US? I'm going to be on a boat to Jamaica
    at some point this winter and was hoping to bring back
    some souvenirs for fermentation. I assume as a
    food product it must at least be declared.

    Does it have to be processed/pasteurized?
    Is there a volumetric limit? Is a gallon going to get me
    bent over and probed?

    Thanks,
    Z

    Looks like I may sort of answer my own post here. I wrote an email
    to the APHIS branch of the USDA asking if I could pick up
    some honey while cruising the Carribean and bring it back
    through customs, citing our usual fears in the meadmaking world
    about bringing back things that hurt local bees. Here was
    their rather brief but also rather timely response:

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    From: Barbara.Kennedy AT aphis.usda.gov Wed Nov 24 13:58:19 2004
    Subject: honey
    Message-ID: <OF525A8B8E.67918DC4-ON85256F56.00679C02-85256F56.0067AFAB@aphis.usd
    a.gov>
    Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:52:33 -0500

    re: your message to APHIS Web. As long as the honey is for human
    consumption it is allowed entry without permit.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    So, not very official sounding, but from an official source. Take what
    you can get there, I guess?

    -- Z

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    That's awesome news!

    I was actually going to suggest contacting the local customs office and see what they have to say. However, keep that email handy when you're traveling back with the honey.

    Talon.

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