19 Jun 2009

Jury still out on Australian bee-product imports

6:03 am on 19 June 2009

The bee industry is still waiting to hear the outcome of the independent review into whether a ban will remain on imports of

Australian honey and bee products.

An expert panel was established to review the decision to allow imports of treated Australian honey after the bee industry mounted a successful legal challenge, arguing that it would raise the risk of introucing new pests and diseases being introduced.

The panel was due to deliver its findings by the end of April but has been given an extended deadline of Friday 19 June.

Meanwhile, MAF Biosecurity has issued a new draft import health standard for processed bee products from other parts of the world.

It removes any reference to the suspended Australian standard and also tightens up the rules in a couple of areas.