Bee sector biosecurity and food safety receives funding
By Top Crop Manager
June 20, 2014 - The federal government is investing over $340,000 with the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) to enhance food safety and biosecurity standards for beekeeping. The funding announcement was made today during the 61st Annual Beekeepers' Field Day at the Beaverlodge Research Farm in Alberta.
The CHC recently updated its Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality (C-BISQ) program, and this investment will allow them to develop various communication, training and outreach materials that will help Canadian beekeepers access the information and tools needed to maintain high standards for food safety and bee biosecurity within their beekeeping operations.
Formed in 1940 as the Canadian Beekeepers Council, the CHC assists in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. Canada produces 75 million pounds of honey annually, half of which is exported.