“The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards,” according to the Food Standards Agency’s website.
Seven Kings Apiary (SKA) registered with Redbridge in 2013 and went through the inspection process. Though honey is classed as a low risk product, SKA wanted to be able to show it’s customers (and the council) the product was handled in a hygienic environment.
The award was made in August 2013, but due to a bit of a cockup somewhere along the line, SKA didn’t receive its notification until this June 2014.
Pádraig Floyd, the hobbyist beekeeper who runs SKA, said: “It’s great to be able to show our customers that despite being a cottage industry, we have their safety at heart.
“Our customers can not only be assured of a superior product as all local, unadulterated honey is, but that we maintain high standards of hygiene in processing it.”