Honeybees as food-producing animals - a review of legislation

E.G.M. van Klink

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The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is a species of animal with which not many veterinary
surgeons will be involved in their general practice. Nonetheless, it is a domesticated
species and the management of bee colonies has its challenges and difficulties,
certainly in relation to health. There are several notifiable diseases of bees that
regularly appear and require action (Defra, 2015b) and, as their produce, honey, is a
foodstuff, there is legislation governing its safety (Defra, 2015a).
In this brief overview, some of the legislation will be discussed, with emphasis on the
latest changes.
Translated title of the contributionHoningbijen als voedselproducerende dieren - een overzicht van wetgeving
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-64
Number of pages3
JournalVeterinary Practice Today
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


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