The reviewed EFSA guidance on bees is still not endorsed by the member states. However, the direction for risk assessment on bees is clear.
Registration of varroa treatments can generate some misunderstandings. However, the process is clearly outlined in the EU.
Varroa reinfestation is a risk that has to be considered when treating against the parasite. Coordination and good practices help.
From time to time I hear from a beekeeper: “Treatment xyz doesn’t work anymore!”. The thought behind this is the doom scenario of resistance against varroa treatments. Perhaps I shouldn’t call it a doom scenario; resistance is a real issue. But there are nuances and ways to avoid it. But let’s start from the beginning….
Bee health and product quality are closely linked. Especially, since varroa needs regular treatments. Managed honey bees are a food producing species, so treatments mustn’t affect the honey or other hive products for human consumption. This includes also wax. First, because it may be used for cosmetics. But the main reason is that small wax…