Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Eleventh Report


Memorandum by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food


1. The Committee asked—

    "Explain what sort of honey is not an apiculture product (as defined in regulation 2)."

2. The Miscellaneous Products of Animal Origin (Import Conditions) Regulations 1999 implement parts of Directive 92/118/EEC. They lay down import conditions applying to specified products which either originate in another member State or in a third country.

3. The Directive defines apiculture products as "honey, beeswax, royal jelly, propolis or pollen not intended for human consumption or for industrial use". An apiculture product may, for example, be used to feed bees in the hive. The conditions which apply to imports of those apiculture products are different from those which apply to honey for human consumption, which is dealt with separately in the Directive.

4. Regulation 2 of the Regulations adopts the expressions used in the Directive. The Regulations treat honey for human consumption differently from honey for other purposes, as does the Directive, first by defining honey as honey which is not included in the definition of apiculture products, and then laying down different import conditions for apiculture products and for honey, in Regulations 3 and 4 and the Schedule.

22 February 1999

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