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WAS Conference update
Thursday, September 15, 2016


At last, speaker information and a tentative program are available for the 2016 Western Apicultural Society Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii October 13 thru 15th. See below for links to the venue, registration form and speaker/program documents.



If you have been waiting to register because of lack of information, wait no longer. Hotel rooms are in short supply so BOOK NOW.

SEPTEMBER 12TH was the last day the hotel would guarantee the conference room rate of $159 (plus tax) per night – Kona Tower, and $179 (+ tax)/night for rooms in the Waikiki Tower. After that, it is on an "as available" basis only. With luck, there will still be some available for a bit longer. Make your online reservations NOW, online at https://aws.passkey.com/event/15299495/owner/11602/home or through http://www.westernapiculturalsociety.org/2016-conference-location. Or by phone, calling the hotel directly at (800) 367-6025 or (808) 955-4811. Make sure to reference the Western Apicultural Society to obtain the group reservation rate.















FDA Provides Information to Assist Industry with New Nutrition Facts Label
Tuesday, August 23, 2016


On August 3, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Nutrition Facts label "Industry Resources" web page to help businesses comply with the requirements of the final rule, which was issued in May 2016. Businesses have until July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales), to bring their Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels for packaged foods into compliance with the final rule, but may comply with the new requirements now. This rule applies both domestically and internationally.

The “Industry Resources” page provides helpful information including:

  • Frequently Asked Questions specifically focused on industry’s common questions and concerns

  • Annotated graphic illustrations of new label specifications for the most commonly used label formats

  • High-resolution examples of label formats

  • Tables from the final rules showing daily values for vitamins, minerals, and food components, as well as reference amounts customarily consumed per eating occasion (RACCs)

  • Links to final rules and reference materials

For More Information:


La FDA publie des renseignements pour aider l’industrie à se conformer à la règle sur le tableau de la valeur nutritive

Le 3 août 2016, la Food and Drug Administration (FDA) des États-Unis a publié une page Web « Ressources pour l’industrie » concernant le tableau de la valeur nutritive pour aider les entreprises à se conformer aux exigences de la règle finale, qui a été publiée en mai 2016. Les entreprises ont jusqu’au 26 juillet 2018 (ou jusqu’au 26 juillet 2019 pour les entreprises dont les ventes annuelles de nourriture sont inférieures à 10 M$) pour mettre à jour les étiquettes du contenu nutritionnel et des suppléments de leurs aliments emballés de manière à ce qu’elles soient conformes à la règle finale; les entreprises peuvent aussi décider de se conformer dès maintenant aux nouvelles exigences. La règle s’applique à l’échelle nationale et internationale.

La page Web « Ressources pour l’industrie » contient des renseignements utiles, notamment les suivants : 

  • Foire aux questions portant sur les questions et les préoccupations communes de l’industrie.  

  • Illustrations graphiques annotées des nouvelles spécifications des formats d’étiquettes couramment utilisées.

  • Exemples d’étiquettes en haute résolution.

  • Tableaux de la règle finale indiquant les valeurs quotidiennes pour les vitamines et les minéraux, les composants des aliments et les quantités de référence habituellement consommées par occasion de manger.
  • Liens vers la règle finale et des documents de référence.

Pour de plus amples renseignements :

Dear industry stakeholders,

In follow-up to the MAS-SAM message sent on August 10, 2015, this message is to inform industry that on May 27, 2016 the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule updating the Nutrition Facts label used for conventional foods and dietary supplements. This is the United States' first update to nutritional labels in more than two decades. The update reflects new scientific information and the changes are intended to allow consumers to more easily make informed food choices. The most notable changes include the addition of an "added sugars" line, an updated list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared, and modified serving size regulations.

Food and beverage manufacturers with sales greater than $10 million will be required to begin using the new label by July 26, 2018; companies with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply (i.e., July 26, 2019). This rule will apply nationally and to all imports entering the U.S.

The FDA's final rule can be found here. As well, see link here for FDA's explanation of the changes. A side-by-side comparison on the old vs new label along with an infographic on changes to new serving sizes is attached. Please note that all materials produced by the FDA are available in English only.

The following are highlights to changes to the Nutrition Facts Label:

"Added Sugars": Under the new rule, sugars will be listed as "Total Sugars" with an additional subcategory of "Added Sugars." "Added Sugars" is required to be listed in grams and as percent Daily Values (%DV).

Updated Nutrients Labelling: Both the types of nutrients requiring labelling and the presentation of nutritional content has been revised. First, Vitamin D and potassium will now be required on the label. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required (but can be included on a voluntary basis). Calcium and Iron will continue to be required. This is aimed at reflecting the nutritional deficiencies of Americans today. American diets lacked Vitamins A and C when the nutrition label guidelines were made in the 1990s; this is no longer the case. Second, in addition to the currently required listing of the %DV of nutrients, manufacturers will also be required to declare the actual amounts of the nutrients.

Fats: "Calories from Fat" will be removed. However, "Total Fat," "Saturated Fat," and "Trans Fat" will still be required on the new Nutrition Facts label. This is to reflect research that the type of fat is more important than the amount of fat in affecting health outcomes.

Percent Daily Values: The text of the footnote on percent Daily Value will be changed to better explain what %DV actually means. The new text will read: "The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice."

New Serving Sizes: By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of food and beverages people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. The FDA cites two primary reasons driving their revision of serving sizes: a) the amount people eat and drink in one sitting has changed since the previous serving size requirements were published in 1993, and b) package sizes affect how much people eat. Under the new regulation, packages between one and two servings and which people typically consume in one sitting will be required to label calories and other nutrients as one serving. Packages that are larger than a single serving but could be consumed in either one sitting or multiple sittings will be required to have a "dual column" label. This label would indicate the quantity of calories and nutrients both on a "per serving" and on a "per package" (or "per unit") basis.

We would appreciate if you can bring to our attention any concerns you may have with this final rule.

Thank you,



 Chers intervenants de l’industrie,

Comme suite au message du Secrétariat de l'accès aux marchés envoyé le 10 août 2015, le présent message vise à informer l'industrie que, le 27 mai 2016, la Food and Drug Administration (FDA) des États‑Unis a publié un règlement définitif, mettant à jour le tableau de la valeur nutritive utilisé pour les aliments conventionnels et les compléments alimentaires. C'est la première fois en plus de vingt ans que les États-Unis mettent à jour les étiquettes sur le contenu nutritionnel. La mise à jour tient compte de nouvelles données scientifiques, et les modifications visent à permettre aux consommateurs de faire plus facilement des choix alimentaires éclairés. Parmi les modifications les plus importantes, on compte l'ajout d'une ligne sur les « sucres ajoutés », une liste à jour des éléments nutritifs qui doivent (ou peuvent) être déclarés, et un nouveau règlement sur les portions déterminées.

Les fabricants d'aliments et de boissons dont les ventes sont supérieures à 10 millions de dollars devront commencer à utiliser le nouveau tableau de la valeur nutritive le 26 juillet 2018; les entreprises dont les ventes annuelles sont inférieures à 10 millions de dollars disposeront d'une année supplémentaire pour se conformer (c.‑à‑d. le 26 juillet 2019). Le règlement s'appliquera à l'échelle nationale ainsi qu'à tous les produits entrant aux États‑Unis.

Le règlement définitif de la FDA se trouve ici. De plus, vous trouverez ici une explication des modifications de la FDA. Vous trouverez également en pièce jointe une comparaison en parallèle de l'ancienne étiquette et de la nouvelle ainsi qu'un résumé graphique des modifications apportées aux portions déterminées. Veuillez prendre note que tous les documents produits par la FDA sont offerts seulement en anglais.

Principales modifications au tableau de la valeur nutritive

« Sucres ajoutés » : Selon le nouveau règlement, les sucres seront inscrits sous la rubrique « Total des sucres », et une sous-catégorie « Sucres ajoutés » sera ajoutée. Les « Sucres ajoutés » devront être indiqués en grammes et en pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne (% VQ).

Étiquetage nutritionnel amélioré : Les types de nutriments qui doivent figurer sur l'étiquette et la présentation du contenu nutritionnel ont fait l'objet d'une révision. Premièrement, la vitamine D et le potassium devront être indiqués sur l'étiquette. Les vitamines A et C ne seront plus nécessaires (mais peuvent y figurer sur une base volontaire). L'étiquette devra encore indiquer la quantité de calcium et de fer. La FDA veut ainsi illustrer la carence alimentaire des Américains d'aujourd'hui. Lorsque les lignes directrices sur l'étiquetage du contenu nutritionnel ont été rédigées dans les années 1990, l'alimentation des Américains manquait de vitamine A et de vitamine C, mais ce n'est plus le cas. Deuxièmement, en plus de la liste des pourcentages de la valeur quotidienne des nutriments qui est exigée actuellement, les fabricants devront déclarer les montants réels de nutriments.

Lipides : La mention « Calories des lipides » sera retirée. Toutefois, les fabricants devront encore indiquer « Total des lipides », « Gras saturés » et « Gras trans » dans le nouveau tableau de la valeur nutritive. La modification tient compte de travaux de recherche qui démontrent que le type de matières grasses a une plus grande incidence sur la santé que la quantité de matières grasses.

Pourcentage des valeurs quotidiennes : Le texte de la note de bas de page concernant le pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne sera modifié de façon à mieux expliquer ce qu'est le % VQ. Le nouveau texte se lira comme suit : « Le pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne indique dans quelle mesure un élément nutritif dans une portion d'aliment contribue à une alimentation quotidienne. Il est établi en fonction d'un régime de 2 000 calories par jour (information générale en matière de nutrition ».

Nouvelles portions déterminées : Selon la loi, les portions déterminées doivent être basées sur les quantités de boissons et d'aliments que les personnes consomment réellement, pas sur ce qu'elles devraient consommer. La FDA mentionne deux principales raisons justifiant sa révision des portions déterminées : a) les quantités d'aliments et de boissons que les gens consomment en une occasion a changé depuis la publication des exigences précédentes relatives aux portions, en 1993, et b) la taille de l'emballage influence la quantité que le consommateur ingère. Conformément au nouveau règlement, l'étiquette des emballages d'une ou deux portions que les gens consomment habituellement en une occasion devra indiquer les calories et les autres éléments nutritifs comme s'il s'agissait d'une portion. Les emballages de taille supérieure à une portion individuelle, mais qui pourraient être consommés en une ou plusieurs fois, devront afficher une étiquette à deux colonnes, l'une indiquant la quantité de calories et de nutriments par portion, et l'autre, par emballage (ou « par unité »).

Nous vous invitons à nous faire part de vos préoccupations concernant ce règlement définitif.


Secrétariat de l'accès aux marchés



Sent: August-10-15 4:03 PM
Subject: Two new U.S. FDA Notices Regarding the Nutrition Facts Label | Deux nouveaux avis de la FDA des États Unis concernant le tableau de la valeur nutritive - [Single Window #888]


Subject: Two new U.S. FDA Notices Regarding the Nutrition Facts Label




This message is to notify you that on July 24, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published, in the Federal Register, (1) a Notice of Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking on additional amendments to the FDA's Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods and (2) proposed rule to revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Labels. Electronic or written comments on (1) the supplemental proposed rule must be submitted by October 13, 2015 and (2) the proposed rule to revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Labels by September 25, 2015.


(1) The supplemental proposal would require declaration of a new percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars in addition to the amount of added sugars which had been proposed previously, as well as a footnote explaining the daily value. The proposed rule is a supplement to the March 3, 2014, proposed rule on updating the Nutrition Facts label and includes the results of supporting consumer research. According to the notice, the percent daily value indicates how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and is intended to help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.


(2) The FDA is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposed rule for 60 days for the sole purpose of inviting public comments on two consumer studies related to Nutrition Facts Label formats.


The government of Canada is in the process of reviewing these proposals. Proposed amendments to Canadian nutrition labelling regulations, which were pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part 1, in June 2015, differ in several respects from the U.S. proposals for providing information on sugars: Canada has a proposed requirement to declare a new percent Daily Value for total sugars (not for added sugars), a proposal to group all sugars-based ingredients in the list of ingredients under the common name “sugars" (which the U.S. did not propose), but no proposal to declare "added sugars" in the Nutrition Facts table.


As always, we encourage you to read (1) the supplemental proposed rule and submit any comments to the Federal Register by October 13, 2015, and (2) the proposed rule to revise the Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts Labels and submit comments by September 25, 2015. 


Separately, the U.S. is also seeking comments on information collection issues under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for the supplemental rule on additional amendments to the FDA’s Nutrition Facts label can by submitted by August 26, 2015.


Please bring to our attention any comments you submit, issues with the proposed approaches or concerns that you identify.


Please note the Federal Register notice is only available in English and is attached for review.


Thank you.




Objet : Deux nouveaux avis de la FDA des États‑Unis concernant le tableau de la valeur nutritive




Le présent message vise à vous informer que le 24 juillet 2015, la Food and Drug Administration (FDA) des États‑Unis a publié dans le Federal Register (1) un avis d’ébauche de règle additionnelle sur d’autres modifications à apporter au tableau de la valeur nutritive de la FDA en ce qui a trait aux aliments emballés et (2) une règle proposée pour la révision du tableau de la valeur nutritive et du tableau des suppléments. Les commentaires sur papier et par voie électronique doivent être envoyés (1) au plus tard le 13 octobre 2015 concernant la règle additionnelle proposée et (2) au plus tard le 25 septembre 2015 concernant la règle proposée pour la révision du tableau de la valeur nutritive et du tableau des suppléments.


(1) La proposition additionnelle exigerait la déclaration d’un nouveau pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne (% VQ) pour les sucres ajoutés en plus de la quantité de sucres ajoutés qui a déjà été proposée, ainsi qu’une note dans le bas du tableau expliquant la valeur quotidienne. Cette règle est un supplément à la règle proposée le 3 mars 2014 quant à la mise à jour du tableau de la valeur nutritive et comprend les résultats de la recherche à l’appui sur la consommation. Le pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne indique combien un élément nutritif dans une portion d’aliment contribue à une alimentation quotidienne et vise à aider les consommateurs à faire des choix éclairés pour eux et leur famille.


(2) La FDA rouvre pour 60 jours la période de commentaires concernant sa règle proposée en mars 2014 uniquement dans le but d’inviter le public à commenter les deux études sur la consommation liée aux formats des tableaux de la valeur nutritive.


Le gouvernement du Canada est en train d’examiner ces propositions. Les modifications proposées relativement à la réglementation canadienne sur l’étiquetage nutritionnel, qui ont été préalablement publiées dans la Partie 1 de la Gazette du Canada en juin 2015, diffèrent à plusieurs égards des propositions américaines concernant la transmission de renseignements sur les sucres : le Canada propose une exigence sur la déclaration d’un nouveau pourcentage de la valeur quotidienne pour la totalité des sucres (et non pour les sucres ajoutés), soit de regrouper tous les ingrédients à base de sucres dans la liste des ingrédients sous le nom courant « sucres » (ce que les États‑Unis n’ont pas proposé), mais ne propose rien quant à la déclaration des « sucres ajoutés » dans le tableau de la valeur nutritive. La déclaration des sucres ajoutés, bien qu’il s’agisse de l’une des approches considérées dans les consultations préliminaires par Santé Canada, n’a pas été présentée dans la Partie 1 de la Gazette du Canada, car elle comporterait des défis sur le plan technique et de la conformité, puisque les méthodes analytiques ne peuvent faire la distinction entre les sucres d’origine naturelle et les sucres ajoutés.


Comme toujours, nous vous encourageons à lire (1) la règle additionnelle proposée, et à soumettre vos commentaires au Federal Register d’ici le 13 octobre 2015, ainsi que (2) la règle proposée pour la révision du tableau de la valeur nutritive et du tableau des suppléments, et à soumettre vos commentaires d’ici le 25 septembre 2015.


De plus, les commentaires sur les problèmes liés à la collecte d’information en vertu de la Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 quant à la règle additionnelle sur les autres modifications à apporter au tableau de la valeur nutritive de la FDA peuvent être soumis d’ici le 26 août 2015.


N’hésitez pas à porter à notre attention vos commentaires ainsi que les problèmes ou les préoccupations que vous percevez concernant les approches proposées.


Veuillez prendre note que l’avis du Federal Register est disponible uniquement en anglais et se trouve ci‑joint à titre d’information.




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Honey Bee Health Coalition news
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coalition Promotes Communication, Cooperation to Support Pollinator Health

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The Honey Bee Health Coalition continues to promote collaboration to support pollinator health across North America. The Coalition provides an essential forum for the food, agricultural, government, and conservation sectors to work together to promote the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.
The Coalition’s work continued throughout the first quarter of 2016 and included connecting with thousands of agricultural stakeholders at the 2016 Commodity Classic, the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, and other trade shows. The Coalition also hosted a widely attended symposium in Washington, D.C., to support state-based efforts to enhance pollinator health.

Bee Understanding Project Film Screening at Commodity Classic
In an effort to promote collaboration in support of honey bee health, the Coalition screened the Bee Understanding Project film at the 2016 Commodity Classic and hosted a panel discussion afterwards. (Please note, the film is not affiliated with beeunderstanding.org.) The well-attended screening showcased how job swaps and cross pollination, so to speak, can enhance efforts to support honey bee health.
The Coalition also hosted a booth at the event in New Orleans and tweeted (via @BeeHealthOrg) about its presence at the convention and trade show, where representatives met with thousands of growers to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees in our agricultural system as well as Honey Bee health issues.
The Coalition also engaged with growers and beekeepers this winter at the American Farm Bureau Federation trade show and at the annual meetings of the American Beekeeping Federation and the American Honey Producers Association.

Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) Symposium
More than 130 representatives from federal agencies, states, tribes, and the beekeeping and agricultural community gathered in early March in Washington, D.C., to discuss how states can support honey bee and pollinator health. The conversations — hosted by the Coalition, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Department of Agriculture — focused on best practices to develop state or tribal Managed Pollinator Protection Plans.
The Symposium provided tools, insights, and relationships necessary for states, tribes, and other stakeholders to effectively and efficiently pursue the development of MP3s. It also helped to highlight important opportunities for stakeholders to work together to protect pollinator health.
Recordings of the event, as well as other materials, will be posted in the coming weeks on the Coalition’s website, http://www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org.
Imidacloprid Comment
The Coalition formally commented on the EPA’s Preliminary Pollinator Assessment to Support the Registration Review of Imidacloprid. The Coalition Steering Committee’s  letter underscored its support for “the use of risk-based assessments in understanding factors that may impact honey bee health, including factors that may impact acute losses and/or chronic effects resulting in losses over winter and during other times of year. The Coalition does not have a position on the specific methodology nor results associated with the EPA’s preliminary pollinator assessment for imidacloprid, but it supports the need for and use of a comprehensive risk-based approach.”
The Coalition’s letter to the EPA is available on the Coalition’s website via bit.ly/1MxTwP2.
The comment is the latest substantive input the Coalition has provided to federal policymakers on rules and issues vital to honey bee health. The Coalition submitted feedback in November 2014 to the Pollinator Health Task Force regarding the National Pollinator Strategy.  It also submitted recommendations in March 2015 and January 2016 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture regarding ways to strengthen pollinator forage and habitat.
Honey Bees at Work
Honey bees and pollinators are essential to productive agricultural systems — making one-third of all global food production possible.

One of the best displays of the critical role honey bees play is the annual almond bloom where approximately 1.8 million hives are brought each year to California to pollinate 80 percent of the world’s almonds.
A member of the Coalition shared these photos of honey bees hard at work — underscoring the vital link honey bees provide in our food supply chain as well as the importance of the Coalition’s work.

Updated Varroa Management Guide
In an effort to ensure beekeepers have the best information available, the Coalition continues to update the Varroa Management Guide. Recent additions and revisions to the guide — available at www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa — includes updates regarding:

  • Apivar
  • Mite Away Quick Strips
  • How the guide lists active ingredients versus product names
  • Additional important safety information


Coalition Continues to Grow

The Coalition is pleased to welcome the National Honey Board. Click here for a list of our members.

Social Networking

In an effort to promote the Coalition’s engagement with stakeholders, please follow us on Twitter at @beehealthorg and encourage your members to do so.

Incident Reporting Guide

Learn more about how to report a pesticide-related bee-kill incident with the Coalition's handy quick-reporting guide.


Partnership spotlightPARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Project Apis m. & Bayer Crop Science are working together through the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative to sponsor research aimed at improving honey bee health. The initiative will prioritize the most urgent research needed to strengthen honey bee colonies by the end of 2020.
The initiative will issue grants, totaling $1 million, for research focusing on:

  • Assessing the true costs of commercial beekeeping operations to help beekeepers maximize efficiency and production
  • Creating a series of best practices for commercial beekeeping based on definitive colony health performance data
  • Evaluating the use of “smart hive” technology to monitor honey bee colony health during commercial migratory operations
  • Determining how honey bee genetic traits are relevant to colony resiliency, pollination efficiency, and honey production

The Healthy Hives 2020 initiative, launched in 2015, grew out of a workshop Bayer hosted with some of the nation’s leading bee health experts and stakeholders at the Bayer North American Bee Care Center in North Carolina.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/1QTaVa6.



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Honey Bee Health Coalition news
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Coalition Leads National Efforts to Support Bee Health

Heading into 2016, the Honey Bee Health Coalition continues to be one of the foremost public-private partnerships for promoting honey bee health. Here are just a few highlights of recent and upcoming efforts the Coalition is leading to support honey bee health.
­Honey Bee Health Coalition-NAPPC Event in Washington
Building upon the incredible momentum and successes throughout 2015, the Coalition partnered with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign to host a high-profile reception in Washington, D.C. The event underscored the progress being made as well as the Coalition's network with policymakers and allies working to strengthen honey bee health. Both efforts are highlighted in the White House’s National Pollinator Health Strategy as key examples of public-private partnerships.

The event, hosted at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s headquarters near the White House, showcased a video about the Coalition’s mission and progress to-date. The video highlights the Coalition’s mission and ongoing work to promote honey bee health through collaborative strategies.
The reception followed the Coalition’s October meeting at the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington, D.C.
Managed Pollinator Protection Plan Symposium
The Honey Bee Health Coalition is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to convene a symposium that brings key Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) stakeholders together for dialogue and sharing learnings for achieving a well-supported MP3 in each of the states. This Symposium will present best practices to develop a state or tribal Pollinator Protection Plan. Participants will learn about current state plans, work with other stakeholders, and obtain tools to engage their local, state, and tribal stakeholders to develop their state MP3.

This event is invitation-only and takes place on March 10 and 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please contact MP3Symposium@NASDA.org.
Honey Bee Nutrition Literature Review
As part of the forage and nutrition focus area, the Coalition aims to advance pre-competitive solutions and research addressing honey bee nutrition by starting with a broader assessment of honey bee nutritional needs. The Coalition is seeking proposals from qualified candidates to conduct a rigorous and thorough review of the honey bee nutrition literature, resulting in a comprehensive summary of the state of knowledge of honey bee nutritional needs. The Coalition is interested in proposals that creatively address the challenge of preparing a literature review on a topic with continually emerging research.

Please view the full Request for Proposals at the Coalition’s website and share it with your networks. Proposals are due Jan. 22, 2016.
Varroa Control & Sampling Demonstration Videos
Building on the success of the Tools for Varroa Management Guide, the Coalition has received a grant from the National Honey Board to produce a series of how-to videos. The videos will further empower beekeepers to utilize the principles of Integrated Pest Management and apply consistent practices when monitoring their hives for mites and other parasites and using chemical and non-chemical treatments.
The Coalition plans to start production on the videos in early 2016. The Coalition, in partnership with the experts who crafted the Tools for Varroa Management Guide, plans to finalize the videos by mid-2016.

Updated Varroa Management Guide
Following the successful roll-out of the Varroa Management Guide, the Coalition continues to update the landmark document with the latest information available. Since its release, the Coalition has improved the guide and updated its comprehensive and approachable content.
Specifically, the guide — available at www.honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa — includes updates regarding:

  • Apivar
  • Mite Away Quick Strips
  • How the guide lists active ingredients versus product names
  • Additional important safety information

Coming to a Conference Near You
Please check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition at the following upcoming events:

  • American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, Jan. 5 to Jan. 9, 2016 Ponte Vedra, Florida – presentation, table, and screening of Bee Understanding video
  • American Honey Producers Association Annual Convention & Trade Show, Jan. 5 to Jan. 9, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico – presentation and screening of Bee Understanding video
  • American Farm Bureau Annual Convention, Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2016, Orlando, Florida – tradeshow booth
  • Commodity Classic, March 3 to March 5, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana – tradeshow booth and screening of Bee Understanding video

And more to come!


Coalition Continues to Grow

The Coalition is pleased to welcome NOD Apiary Products. Click here for a list of our members.

Coalition Video

Please leverage your networks, including social media, to spread the word about the Coalition's new video: https://youtu.be/u0Rw0sjOPTY. Be sure to mention @beehealthorg on Twitter.

Incident Reporting Guide

Learn more about how to report a pesticide-related bee-kill incident with the Coalition's handy quick-reporting guide.


Partnership spotlightPARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

One of the cornerstones of the Coalition’s ongoing work to support honey bee health revolves around expanding pollinators’ access to quality forage plants. To this end, many Coalition members are leading initiatives to provide cost-effective and high quality honey bee forage. As part of a project demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops, the Conservation Technology Information Center, a national public-private partnership, and its partners are currently exploring how uncroppable, marginal, or cover-cropped lands can support honey bee forage and nutrition.

CTIC is working with five beekeeper-farmer pairs to investigate how additional forage opportunities not only support colony health and productivity, but also honey bees’ resistance of disease and parasites. After the project concludes in September 2017, CTIC plans to share its results with farmers to inform their use of cover crops.

For more information visit ctic.org/CoverCropMath or contact Mike Smith at smith@ctic.org.



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White House Pollinator Strategy
Thursday, December 10, 2015

The White house its Strategy to Promote Polinator Health.  The report is below:


In a nutshell, the Strategy lays out current and planned Federal actions to achieve the following overarching goals;

• Honey Bees: Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter (overwintering mortality) to no more than 15% within 10 years. This goal is informed by the previously released Bee Informed Partnership surveys and the newly established quarterly and annual surveys by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Based on the robust data anticipated from the national, statistically-based NASS surveys of beekeepers, the Task Force will develop baseline data and additional goal metrics for winter, summer, and total annual colony loss.

• Monarch Butterflies: Increase the Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million butterflies occupying an area of approximately 15 acres (6 hectares) in the overwintering grounds in Mexico, through domestic/international actions and public-private partnerships, by 2020.

 •• Pollinator Habitat Acreage: Restore or enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next 5 years through Federal actions and public/private partnerships.

EU Biotech Developments (GMOs)
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

EU Biotech Developments (GMOs)

On April 22, 2015, the European Commission announced its intention to proceed with a proposal (attached) to allow Member States (MS) to opt out of EU-authorized GMOs for food and feed within their own territory.  MS will have to justify that opt-out measures are compatible with EU law and consistent with the EU’s international obligations. The proposal is modelled on the recent EU Directive 2015/412, which allows MS to opt out of cultivation of GMOs in their territory. The new regulatory proposal will be sent to the European Council and the European Parliament for consideration. Timing is not yet known but it is unlikely there will be considerable action until fall 2015 at the earliest.

At this time, Canada is continuing to analyse the opt-out proposal and its potential implications, particularly with respect to market access.  Canada is flagging its concerns at the highest level (Ambassador, Minister) and is continuing to press the EU to meet its own timelines in the application process for authorizations of GMOs already in the approval process. 

On April 24, 2015, the College of Commissioners voted to adopt a series of 19 authorizations for food/feed/imports (not cultivation) that have been pending for a significant period of time, some since October of 2013.  The implementing decisions confirming the approval of these events were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on April 30, 2015.   A list of the authorized events is set out below.

AAFC and DFATD will be engaging with the EU on biotech issues, including the EC’s new proposal, at the end of May, 2015 during the next Canada-EU Biotech Dialogue.  This will be the first Dialogue since negotiations on the CETA concluded.  


  •  10 new authorizations: MON 87460 maize, MON 87705 soybean, MON 87708 soybean, MON 87769 soybean, 305423 soybean, BPS-CV127-9 soybean, MON 88302, oilseed rape, T304-40 cotton, MON 88913 cotton, LLCotton25xGHB614 cotton
  •  7 renewals: T25 maize, NK603 maize, GT73 oilseed rape, MON 531 x MON 1445 cotton, MON 15985 cotton; MON 531 cotton and MON 1445 cotton.
  •  2 GM cut flowers (carnations line IFD-25958-3 and line IFD-26407-2).


Développements biotechnologiques de l’UE (OGM)

Le 22 avril 2015, la Commission européenne (CE) a annoncé son intention de modifier le règlement concernant les denrées alimentaires et  les aliments pour animaux génétiquement modifiés pour offrir la possibilité aux États membres (ÉM) de restreindre ou d’interdire sur leur territoire l’utilisation de denrées alimentaires et d’aliments pour animaux génétiquement modifiés (proposition ci‑jointe). Les ÉM devront justifier que les mesures recourant à l’option de refus sont compatibles avec le droit de l’UE et concordantes avec les obligations internationales de l’UE. La proposition s’appuie sur la récente directive 2015/412 de l’UE, qui autorise les ÉM à interdire la culture d’OGM sur leur territoire. La nouvelle proposition de règlement sera transmise au Conseil européen et au Parlement européen aux fins d’étude. Aucun échéancier n’a été établi, mais il est peu probable que ce dossier progresse beaucoup avant l’automne 2015 au plus tôt. 

En ce moment, le Canada continue d’analyser la proposition d’option de refus et ses répercussions potentielles, notamment en ce qui touche à l’accès aux marchés. Le Canada en est à signaler ses inquiétudes aux plus hautes autorités (l’ambassadeur, le ministre) et continue de presser l’UE à respecter ses propres échéances dans le cadre du processus de demandes d’autorisations portant sur les OGM déjà inclus dans le processus d’approbation.   

Le 24 avril 2015, le Collège des commissaires a voté en faveur de l’adoption d’une série de 19 autorisations portant sur des denrées alimentaires, des aliments pour animaux et des importations (non sur la culture) qui étaient en attente depuis longtemps, certains depuis octobre 2013. Les décisions exécutoires confirmant l’approbation de ces OGM ont été publiées le 30 avril 2015 dans le Journal officiel de l’Union européenne. Une liste des OGM autorisés a été dressée ci-dessous.    

Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC) et le ministère des Affaires étrangères, du Commerce et du Développement (MAECD) s’entretiendront avec l’UE à la fin du mois de mai 2015 au sujet de questions biotechnologiques, y compris la nouvelle proposition de la CE, dans le cadre du prochain Dialogue sur l’accès aux marchés pour les produits biotechnologiques UE‑Canada. Il s’agira du premier Dialogue depuis que les négociations sur l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) ont été conclues.


  • 10 nouvelles autorisations : le maïs MON  87460, les sojas MON  87705, MON  87708, MON 87769, 305423, et BPS‑CV127‑9, le colza MON 88302, et les cotons T304‑40, MON 88913, et LLCotton25 x GHB614
  •  7 renouvellements : les maïs T 25 et NK 603, le colza GT 73, et les cotons MON 531 x MON 1445, MON 15985, MON 531 et MON 1445.
  • 2 fleurs coupées transgéniques : les œillets des lignées IFD‑25958‑3 et IFD‑26407‑2)