Ensure the quality of honey

Residues of antibiotic drugs in honey are illegal and must not be present. Any misuse will bear serious consequences for the country of supply. This...more

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Can my Country export honey to the EU?

To keep the good image of honey as a pure and natural product is vital for our all business.

F.E.E.D.M. therefore demands honey production without any use of antibiotic drugs and offers a close cooperation to the beekeepers to ensure that honey of a high quality is achieved. Any technical queries about EU requirements might be addressed to our secretary.

Commission decision 2004/432/EC of 29 April 2004has drawn up a list of third countries from which the Member States of the European Union authorize the import of products of animal origin like honey subject to Council Directive 92/118/EC. This Directive lays down the animal health and public health requirements governing trade in and imports into the Community of products of animal origin.

According to Council Directive 96/23 EC the EU Commission has set up plans to monitor certain substances and residues thereof in animal products in the respective Member States.

Third countries which wish to export into the European Union have to provide the Commission with the necessary guarantees with regard to the monitoring of residues and contaminants covered by Council Directive 96/23/EC.

The list of third countries is subject to changes. Countries can be removed from the list if they do not fulfil the requirements anymore.

Apart from the monitoring in the third country the product has of course to fulfil all EU foodstuff laws and must meet the requirements as laid down in EU Directive 2001/110/EC relative to honey.

If your country is not on the list and you want to export your product to the EU please get in contact with your domestic governmental authorities. They should know what is requested and the EU authorities will be happy to assist any queries.
Sometimes your country may already be allowed to export other animal products for human consumption to the EU. In this case it will only be necessary to adopt already implemented measures for other industries onto honey.