Update March 10, 2016 - AgCoalition formalizes plans for a producer-led structure to engage the agriculture community on Bill 6
ABC Bill 6 letter to AB Government click here to read
*UPDATE* Notice Regarding Shipments of Honey to Japan
Dear industry stakeholders,
On December 19, 2014, Canada was informed that Japan refused entry to a shipment of honey from Alberta due to the voluntary attestation that the level of residues for tylosin, one of four different antibiotics on the certificate of analysis accompanying the shipment, was below 0.001 ppm. In the absence of an approved Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) specifically for honey, Japan is imposing a zero tolerance for the presence of this antibiotic residue in honey.
We have since determined that Japan notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in July 2013 of revisions to the standards for foods and food additives for two agricultural chemicals, including tylosin. However, although Japan listed honey as a product covered under WTO notification No. 319, in the absence of a Codex MRL, Canada did not provide comments regarding tylosin.
We are aware that Health Canada (HC) is in the process of establishing an MRL of 0.2 ppm for tylosin in honey. The process is expected to be concluded in 2015, following consultations in 2014. HC has indicated that they are willing to share scientific findings with Japanese officials to assist them in adopting Canada’s proposed MRL. The Market Access Secretariat (MAS) will initiate the request for the Japanese authorities to adopt Canada’s MRL for tylosin in honey, once adopted domestically. However, this may not be an expeditious process.
In the meantime, we recommend that all Canadian honey exports to Japan be free from tylosin, given that any detectable levels of this veterinary drug in a shipment will likely result in refused entry. Shipments where tylosin is declared on the certificate of analysis should be re-directed to other markets.
We will keep you appraised as the file evolves. Should you have additional questions, contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Click here for Japanese MRL's for Tylosin in Food (Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)...PDF
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Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program 2014-2019
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National Bee Diagnostic Center Information:
The National Bee Diagnostic Centre is pleased to announce that we are now accepting samples for the 2014 season. Attached is an updated Sample Procedures Fees and Services Brochure as well as a new Submission Form. The NBDC has made some changes to the services, so please note that we have discontinued the Full Spectrum Analysis Package. This will allow clients to customize what will constitute a full spectrum analysis specific for each beekeeper. Please contact our office if you require assistance. We look forward to your submissions for the 2014 season.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NBDC CLIENT INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL!
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