WINNIPEG — Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz has announced an investment of more than $30,000 in the the Canadian Honey Council.
“Honeybees may be small in size, but there’s no doubt they have a big impact on the Canadian economy,” said MP Joyce Bateman.
“A safe and healthy honey sector is an important part of creating jobs and growth.” The cash will allow the Canadian Honey Council to uphold the high standard and quality of its honey.
Specifically, the council will use the money to update its food-safety system, guided by feedback from beekeepers. The Canadian bee industry safety quality traceability plan (C-BISQT) will be reviewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ensure food-safety threats during the honey production process are mitigated.
In 2010, honey production in Canada was valued at $146 million, with $57 million being exported.