Statement Regarding Pesticide Levels In Honey

09/10/2017

Capilano Honey is aware of recent research indicating the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey samples taken from across the globe.

Capilano is pleased to report that there have been no detections of any contaminants, including neonicotinoids or any other pesticide, in our 100% pure Australian honey. We have been committed to maintaining the highest quality standards for the past 60 years and employ global best practices through all stages of the supply chain.

All of our honey must meet stringent quality testing standards set in place by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ). Capilano Honey has never failed this quality testing.

That said, we are aware that some Australian farmers do use neonicotinoids to help protect their crops from insect damage. We are wholly committed to the health and wellbeing of Australia’s honeybees and, as such, believe neonicotinoids should be banned as they may be harmful to bees.

We also encourage beekeepers and farmers to actively use the BeeConnected App, which enables collaboration between beekeepers, farmers, consultants and spray contractors to facilitate best practice pollinator protection.

Capilano Honey readily participates in the National Residue Survey (NRS) as conducted by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), on a quarterly basis. We strongly support endeavours such as this which help minimise risks to bee health and our industry as a whole.

We also have delivered a submission to the APVMA calling for the restriction or total ban of neonicotinoids in Australia. We will release more detail on this proposal once we receive a reply from the APVMA.

Ben McKee

Managing Director, Capilano Honey

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