bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Leave well alone!

A test of twenty honeys revealed contamination by antibiotics in six of them says Pro Teste of Portugal. Exactly what honeys (and royal jellies) were tested is unclear, but the message is not good. But it's better than a similar test in 2003!
From the twenty samples of honey that were tested, six contained residues of antibiotics and/or sulphonamides, and of the three royal jellies, one contained chloranfenicol.
I guess that the antibiotics are some sort of attempted treatments for foulbrood and/or varroa.

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