Honey Imports Under Review
15 December 2004
The possibility of more honey and beehive products being allowed into New Zealand is a step closer to reality, with the completion and release of a new MAF import risk analysis on honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax and bee venom.
The risk analysis recommends safeguards that will enable the importation of honey and other bee products from more countries than at present. Currently, New Zealand allows the importation of honey and bee products from only a few Pacific Island nations.
The importation of bee products, especially honey, has been a contentious issue with Australia for over a decade, where the current ban is believed to be unjustified.
However, this risk analysis concludes that these products can be safely imported with appropriate safeguards to protect New Zealand from exotic pests and diseases, such as European foulbrood and small hive beetle. Safeguards recommended for specific diseases include area freedoms, heat treatments, freezing and irradiation.
The risk analysis is now out for public consultation.
The risk analysis can be viewed on the internet at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/regs/imports/ihs/risk Or for a copy of the risk analysis, contact Martin Van Ginkel; PO Box 2526, Wellington. Phone: 04 470 2781. Email: Martin.van_Ginkel@maf.govt.nz .
Submissions and comments are invited until the end of February 2005.
Media contact: Howard Pharo 04-474-4137 021 190 1345 firstname.lastname@example.org