Honey Program


Honey program staff prepare and disseminate educational material for producers on requirements legislated by Regulation 119/11 of the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. This regulation includes labelling and grade standards.

Staff liaise with industry and other government agencies on an on-going basis to address concerns of the Ontario honey industry. The Program supports development of food safety and quality assurance programs by providing materials and resources to assist in program development and review. Staff work closely with the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre and also the Ontario Beekeepers Association Tech-Transfer Program on scientific and field oriented studies of honey bee problems.

Honey samples are collected for analysis under the Food Safety Monitoring Program. When lead levels and drug residues are found to be in excess of Health Canada guidelines or when there is non-compliance with Regulation 119/11, producers and/or other agencies are notified. Staff assist individual producers in resolving identified food safety and regulatory non compliance issues identified by the testing program. Compliance and enforcement action may be taken in the event of serious and/or repeated non-compliance.

The Provincial Apiarist oversees compliance and enforcement of the Bees Act. Bee inspectors are employed in agricultural regions of Ontario to inspect honey bees and to carry out moving and selling permit inspections. When American Foulbrood is discovered, orders are issued to destroy the infected colonies.

Information gathered from all aspects of the program is communicated by the Provincial Apiarist to individual beekeepers, to industry-as-a-whole and to each of the province's local beekeeper's associations.


If you require further information on:

Quality and Food Safety - contact

Sarah Martz
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Food Inspection Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor NW
Guelph, Ontario   N1G 4Y2
Tel: (519) 826-4655
Fax: (519) 826-3233

Production issues - contact

Paul Kozak
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Apiary Specialist
5th Floor NW, 1 Stone Road West
Guelph, Ontario   N1G 4Y2
Tel: (519) 826-3595
Fax: (519) 826-4375

Canada Agricultural Products Act - contact

Debbie Fishbein
CFIA Ottawa
(613) 221-7029
E-mail: dfishbein@inspection.gc.ca

Sal DeMonte
CFIA Guelph
(519) 837-9400
E-mail: demontes@inspection.gc.ca

Ontario Beekeepers' Association

Maureen Vander Marel
Business Administrator
Tel: (905) 636 0661

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 19 February 2003
Last Reviewed: 18 February 2014