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Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability program successfully completed. 

The Canadian Honey Council is very pleased to announce that CBISQT has passed the final hurdle, the technical review,  and is available for producers to voluntarily adopt. Paticular thanks go out to Tim Townsend and Robert McDonald who worked diligently to complete the process.  The Producer Manual can be seen here: 



A flow diagram can be seen here:




Over the course of the next few months, the CHC will be making copies widely available and will providing more information as to the content and its relationship with bee-biosecurity.  For now, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

MANUEL DU PRODUCTEUR – Bonnes pratiques de production "Pour la production et la transformation sécuritaire à la ferme du miel extrait brut ou filtré  (liquide, cristallisé ou écrémé) et du miel en rayons destinés à l’alimentation humaine"


Notice Regarding Honey Shipments to Japan and India

On December 19, 2014, Canada was informed that Japan refused entry to a shipment of honey from Alberta due to the voluntary attestation that the level of residues for tylosin, one of four different antibiotics on the certificate of analysis accompanying the shipment, was below 0.001 ppm.  In the absence of an approved Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) specifically for honey, Japan is imposing a zero tolerance for the presence of this antibiotic residue in honey.

We have since determined that Japan notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in July 2013 of revisions to the standards for foods and food additives for two agricultural chemicals, including tylosin. However, although Japan listed honey as a product covered under WTO notification No. 319, in the absence of a Codex MRL, Canada did not provide comments regarding tylosin.  

We are aware that Health Canada (HC) is in the process of establishing an MRL of 0.2 ppm for tylosin in honey. The process is expected to be concluded in 2015, following consultations in 2014.  HC has indicated that they are willing to share scientific findings with Japanese officials to assist them in adopting Canada’s proposed MRL.  The Market Access Secretariat (MAS) will initiate the request for the Japanese authorities to adopt Canada’s MRL for tylosin in honey, once adopted domestically. However, this may not be an expeditious process.

In the meantime, we recommend that all Canadian honey exports to Japan be free from tylosin, given that any detectable levels of this veterinary drug in a shipment will likely result in refused entry.  Shipments where tylosin is declared on the certificate of analysis should be re-directed to other markets.

We will keep you appraised as the file evolves. Should you have additional questions, contact us via email at: mas-sam@agr.gc.ca


Market Access Secretariat | Secrétariat à l'accès aux marchés 

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently established MRLs for antibiotics in honey.  Honey MRLs are established for chloramphenicol, nitrofurans, sulphonamides, streptomycin, tetracycline, ampicillin, enrofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, and tylosin.  This amendment will take effect 60 days after its December 23 publication in the Gazette. Page 3 of the linked notification displays the new MRLs in English.

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