Posted by Ars Technic on December 02, 2018 07:12:51The latest batch of honeybees were released from their hive in England today, but the bees that made it to the US to be reared on the planet will still have to wait until January 2018.
That’s when the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will begin to examine the results of a large number of the nation’s beekeeping operations to determine whether they meet USDA’s safety standards.
While the majority of the beekeeping community has been in agreement that the USDA should continue its inspections of US beekeeping companies, some of those who have been critical of the government have gone even further, saying the USDA is only looking for the latest, cheapest, and most convenient honey.
The USDA has said it’s only going to look at the products in which the most honeybees are being kept, and not those that have been tested to prove they can’t be found on the hive’s property.
The agency’s inspectors will also examine the hive for viruses and pesticides that have yet to be found, but those are all likely to be relatively easy to find.
In a statement to Ars, the USDA said that the goal of its inspection is to ensure that every hive is producing a high-quality product.
The problem is that we don’t know what’s in those hive products yet.
“The goal of the inspection is not to find the best products, but to determine if they meet the safety standards that USDA requires for commercial honey production,” said the USDA in a statement.
“We don’t have a specific timeline for the next phase of the investigation, but it’s a good place to start.”
It’s not just the USDA that has some issues with the honey industry.
The industry is also struggling to find its footing in a climate where the climate for bees is changing rapidly.
In a statement, the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), the country’s largest trade association for beekeepers, called the USDA inspection a “big fat no.”
“The current regulatory climate is not conducive to beekeeping,” the statement said.
“While the USDA has done a good job in the past of addressing these challenges, the regulatory process is not robust enough and the agency is clearly lacking in its oversight of industry standards.
The current regulatory environment has created uncertainty and uncertainty, which has been detrimental to the health of our bees.”
The ABF’s statement said the inspection process should be expanded and the USDA put in place a “better regulatory framework to help ensure that the public health and safety of the bees is protected.”
If the USDA does find a honey product that is not meeting USDA standards, it’s not going to be a problem.
The American Beekeepers Association (ABAA) said it was confident that the agency would be able to quickly find a product that meets those standards.
“We’re confident that this would be a product which would pass FDA inspection and be safe to use for honey production, and that we would have a lot of product ready in time to do that,” said Josh Bivens, an attorney with the American Honey Producers Federation (AHPRF).
“We believe that the honey bee is one of the most important crops in the country, and our beekeepers have been the backbone of our economy, and the beekeepers in this country are incredibly hard-working, dedicated, and compassionate people.”
Beekeepers are still going to need to be very careful about how they use honey, however.
It’s one of several products the USDA doesn’t seem to like to test for.
According to a January 2018 analysis by the Washington Post, some products tested were more likely to have bee colonies dying or be infested with parasites than others.
The report also found that there were some products that tested positive for the pesticide dicamba, which the US government is trying to ban.
It will be interesting to see what the USDA will look for when it looks at products like these.