bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Greek honey scare

Tests have revealed that over half of the main Greek honey brands contain excessive amounts of parabichlorobenzene, a chemical used to combat wax moths (which if left unchecked can turn a honeycomb to dust). Parabichlorobenzene is often known in Britain as PDB crystals.

Another report contains the usual information that the chemical is only dangerous if consumed in huge amounts (40 kgs of honey in a day) and that the EU limits are very low. Parabichlorobenzene has been associated with cancer. It seems that the findings are linked to a February alert from Cyprus.

I hear reports that a biological control for wax moth is soon to be marketed widely in Europe -- more information soon. UPDATE: a biological control B104 is being marketed globally.


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