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.
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Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300