Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, hive treatment - DE Bioland 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Beekeeping, hive treatment - DE Bioland 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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The interior of the bee hives can only be treated with beeswax, propolis, plant oils or heat. For hygienic treatment heat, acetic acid, BT preparations (Bacillus thuringiensis) can be used. In case of acute infection caustic soda and organic acids can be used with subsequent neutralisaion with organic acids. (Bioland production standards, Hives)


The BIOLAND standard is more detailed. Less products can be used for cleaning and disinfection of bee hives. According to the EU Regulation 2092/91 the products listed in Annex II B can be used to protect the hives from pest. Substances allowed for cleaning and desinfection are listed in Annex II E: Potassum and sodium soap, Water and steam, Milk of lime, Lime, Quicklime, Sodium hypochlorite (e.g. as liquid bleach), Caustic soda, Caustic potash, Hydrogen peroxide, Natural essences of plants, Citric, peracetic acid, formic, lactic, oxalic and acetic acid, Alcohol, Formaldehyde, Sodium carbonate.


To avoid contamination of bee products with objectionable substances.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Specific animal standards > Beekeeping
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of care
ID Code:619
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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