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Beekeeping, general requirements - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006

Plakolm, Gerhard and Fromm, Elisabeth (2006) Beekeeping, general requirements - AT Bio Austria General Standard 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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The Bio AUSTRIA General Standard for bee-keeping is basically the requirement of the EU Regulation 2092/91 including some more detailed points: hive protection, management of colonies, building and storing of honey combs, wax processing, processing of extracted honey, honey storing and analysing, bees health. Additionally to the followings of the standard there must be made a wax analysis (mixed sample of hives medium walls and wax stocks) of residues of inadmissible Varroa- and wax moth-pesticides. • Honey must not be kept in containers made of synthetic substances (instead of stainless steel), because even food proved synthetic substances seem to emit softening agents which are supposed to be absorbed by honey changing the scent of it. • The residues must not be more than 0.5 mg/kg wax per active substance which corresponds to the provable limit. • In general there are big residue problems (the average values of wax are between 1.7 mg and 6 mg Apistan/kg, other chemicals can have much higher values). • Thymol (against Varroa) is not permitted because the residues in honey change the scent of it. (BA-Rules 2006 chapter 3.18)


The Bio Austria General Standard is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91 as it provides analysis of wax for Varroa and wax moth control substances which are forbidden in organic agriculture. Residues may not exceed 0.5 mg/kg wax per substance. Further rules are specifications to the EU Regulation 2092/91 for bee keeping.


Principle of care/precaution. No justification was provided by the standard-setting organisation.

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
Animal husbandry
Country/Standard: Europe > Austria > Bio Austria General Standard
Principles:Principle of care
Principle of health
ID Code:848
Deposited On:11 Sep 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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