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One of Ash Apiaries' over-wintered bee yards in British Columbia. The Manitoba beekeper says it lost half of its 2,500 B.C. hives last winter. Jeff Lee photo.

Canada considering reopening border to U.S. package honey bees

A higher-than-expected loss of honey bees over the winter is causing Canada to reassess whether to open the U.S. border to the importation of packaged bees. On Wednesday the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified provincial chief veterinary officers it is under pressure from commercial beekeepers to allow them to bring in U.S. packages after they […]

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Tylan (Tylosin), made by Elanco Animal Health

Spring use of Tylan for American Foulbrood raises residue concerns

For Canadian beekeepers considering using Tylosin to treat American Foulbrood in your honey bee colonies, you may want to read the following information, which comes courtesy of Gerry McKee, the president of the Canadian Honey Council. As you read it, one important observation should spring to mind: even among scientists, researchers, beekeepers and bureaucrats there […]

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Chinese beekeepers tending hives.

U.S. renews anti-dumping duties on Chinese honey but Canada not a target

The U.S. government has renewed its anti-dumping duties on honey originating from China. Meanwhile, the Canadian government appears satisfied that it is not being targeted by Chinese producers who want to tranship to Canada and relabel their product as “Canadian” in an effort to escape paying millions of dollars in tariffs. Last month the U.S. […]

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Honey bee on oregano blossom. Photo: Jeff Lee/Honeybeezen

Canada’s ban on honey bee imports is folly, says B.C.’s biggest beekeeper

My story in The Vancouver Sun about the spring-time import of honey bees from New Zealand has triggered debate about the long-standing ban by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency on imports from the United States. More than 20 years ago, in the face of a virulent Asian mite called varroa destructor, Canada closed the border to […]

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