Memorandum by the Ministry
of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
REGULATIONS 1999 (SI1999/157)
1. The Committee asked
what sort of honey is not an apiculture product (as defined in
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