Organic Rules and Certification

Conversion and labelling, beekeeping - Demeter International 2004

Huber, Beate (2006) Conversion and labelling, beekeeping - Demeter International 2004. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

At the beginning of the conversion period the requirements of these standards must be met with some exemptions regarding the management system of the hives. To the earliest one year after the last application of non allowed substances the beekeeper can be certified 'in conversion to Demeter'. During the conversion period, which may not last longer than three years, the wax must be replaced completely if it cannot be demonstrated, that the wax is free from residues of prohibited substances. (DI standards for beekeeping and hive products, 8. Conversion)

Difference

The DI standard is more complex regarding the certification status of 'in conversion to Demeter' for organic honey after the first year of conversion to Demeter. It limits the duration of the conversion period to three years. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 there is no upper limit for the extension of the conversion period. However, as parallel production is not allowed, no organic honey can be sold before the conversion of all the hives is completed. Regarding the replacement of wax, the EU Regulation does not mention zero residues as pre-requisite to use conventional wax.

Justification

The maximum duration of the conversion period is limited in order to safeguard credibility of biodynamic farming. The replacement of wax is required in order to avoid contamination with harmful substances.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Conversion period - Annex I C2

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard:Demeter International Standard
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:603
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Mar 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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