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Beekeeping, veterinary treatment - DE Bioland 2005

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

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Summary

Chemical synthetic medication is prohibited. To control the varroa mite organic acids (lactic acid, formic acid, oxalic acid) can be used in the time span between the last harvest and January the 15th of the following year (applicable to productive colonies). Oxidation of metals that can provoke contamination with residues is to be avoided. (Bioland production standards, 4.10.2.6 Bee Health)

Difference

The BIOLAND standard is more precise. Less products can be used for veterinary treatments of bees and the treatment of productive colonies against varroa is restricted to the winter period. Furthermore the EU Regulation 2092/91 does not refer to residues of metal oxidation.

Justification

In order to avoid contamination of bee products caused by veterinary treatment, and to enhance an adequate handling of bee colonies, that will contribute to strong and healthy colonies, avoid health problems and assist the development of varroa tolerance.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > C.Beekeeping and beekeeping products > Disease prevention and veterinary treatments - Annex I C6

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:624
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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