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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Whither Brazilian honey?

Despite the European ban on Brazilian honey, Brazil's honey exports grow, reaching US$ 20.13 million until the end of October this year, against US$ 18.94 million sold abroad in the whole of 2005. No indication of who is buying, though.

Update: we have an answer! See comment below.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the Brazilian honey this year have been shipped to the USA (70%), the rest was shipped to EU in the beginning of the year.
The ban was not caused by any kind of non conformity of the honey, that are one of the best of the world due the no use of chemical compounds by Brazilian Beekeepers. The ban was caused because the Brazilian Government didn't show, on time, prove of contaminants control.
It is expected that early next year the ban will be withdrawn.
Paulo Oliveira
CEO
Uniflora Group - USA

5:41 am  
Blogger Turlough said...

Thanks for the explanation. How do Brazilian beekeepers manage without “chemical compounds”? How do they treat for varroa, or isn't varroa a problem?

9:10 am  
Anonymous Paulo Oliveira said...

We don't use chemicals because africanized honey bees are resistant to varroa. Bees born in smaller time (around 1 day before European ones) and has a good cleaning habit to take off varroa mites one bee each other. By this you can find varroa in Brazil but it doesn't grow up to cause any damage.
Paulo

4:32 pm  

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