Organic Rules and Certification

Beekeeping, origin of wax - DE Bioland Standards 2005

Huber, Beate and Deeken, Wiebke (2005) Beekeeping, origin of wax - DE Bioland Standards 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

New foundations must be made from BIOLAND certified wax, generated from naturally built honeycombs or caps. It must be free from residues of prohibited insecticides. Wax must not have had contact with other chemicals. If no BIOLAND certified wax is available to exchange the wax during the conversion period, residue-free wax of conventional origin (from natural combs and caps) can be used. The use of plastic foundations is prohibited. (Bioland production standards, 4.10.2.3 Wax and Honeycombs; Bioland production standards, 4.10.5 Conversion)

Difference

The BIOLAND standard is more detailed. The EU Regulation 2092/91 does not refer to the handling of wax after harvest. Plastic foundations are not mentioned. The EU Regulation does not regulate the use of wax of BIOLAND certification.

Justification

To ensure the wax to be free from contamination with harmful substances. A continuous renewal of wax is required in order to avoid the accumulation of residues in the hive.

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
Principle of health
ID Code:621
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:17 Dec 2005
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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