Pune, July 13, 2012: The European Economic Commission (EEC) has lifted the ban on import of Indian honey, with effect from November 1, 2011. The ban was in place for about 18 months and its lifting is a consequence of deliberations between the officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India (MoC) and inspection by a team of the EEC officials, after the MoC rectified the shortcomings and submitted a revised residue plan to the Commission.
European Commission Lifts Ban on Import of Indian Honey
New Ruling on Honeys with Pollen of Genetically Modified Corn Affects European Union's Honey Trade
Chennai, November 10, 2011: According to a Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by the Friends of the Earth Europe (FOE) and media reports in the UK (see for example, the news dated September 13, 2011 in the GMO Safety site and the news dated November 7, 2011 in the Daily Mail, UK, Online and in the Telegraph, UK; see also the Press Release dated September 6, 2011 by Greenpeace, EU Unit), The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decreed that pollen is an ingredient of honey rather than an intrinsic component. It means, according to the media reports, that honey 'contaminated' by pollen from genetically modified (GM) crops will have to be labelled so, and will need specific EU food safety approval before marketing.
Little Bee Impex, Ludhiana Awarded APEDA's Golden Trophy for Outstanding Honey Exports
Chennai, February 20, 2011: Little Bee Impex, the leading exporter of honey in India and the export unit of Kashmir Apiaries, Ludhiana got Golden Trophy from the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The company's chairman, Jagjit Singh Kapoor received the award on February 13, 2011 from Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, according to a news report in the Financial World, Chandigarh. The news adds that the company's exports for 2009-2010 stood at almost Rs. 10 million. Exporting honey to 48 countries, the company has received the APEDA award for six consecutive years.
Another Arrest in the Case of Alleged Illegal Importation of Chinese-Origin Honey into USA
Chennai, February 18, 2011 (Thanks to Bhaskar S. Manda, Chicago for the news alert): Continuing with the investigation conducted by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in the case of alleged illegal import of Chinese honey into the USA (see report dated May 27, 2010 in this site), Shu Bei Yuan was arrested in Los Angeles on February 15, 2011 for her alleged conspiracy in the illegal import of honey into the USA to avoid anti-dumping duties. Following is the News Release in this regard dated February 17, 2011 by the ICE wing of the US Department of Homeland Security.
Honey Prices in India Crash Due to Export Ban
Chennai, December 22, 2010: The ban imposed by the European Union on import of honey from India (see news in this site) is now affecting the beekeeping industry in India, according to a leading exporter of honey, Kashmir Apiaries Exports, Doraha (KAE). In a news story in the online edition of the Indian Express dated December 18, 2010, Amrita Chaudhry reports that the company would not be able to pay more than Rs 60 per kg to the beekeepers. Last year they had paid Rs 90 at the beekeepers' door. Low prices would discourage bee farmers and this might lead to a great setback to the country's beekeeping industry.
Training in production of quality honey
The main reason for the export ban for Indian honey being presence of antibiotic residues, the KAE's research Institute IBA (Lee Bee International Institute of Beekeeping & Agro-Enterprises) has launched a nationwide training programme for honey producers and suppliers in producing quality honey.
An earlier report posted on October 8, 2010 by Sukhdeep Kaur in the Indian Express informs that a young beekeeper, Simarjeet Singh Aulakh from Faridkot district, who owns 150 bee hives, gives lessons in beekeeping to fellow beekeepers. He teaches them about bee health and how clean bee colonies do not need antibiotics.
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