Since our last update in BfDJ 96, the list of so-called third countries (those authorised for their honey to be imported into the EU by the Annex to EU Decision 2004/432/EC) has risen to 40*. The Residue Monitoring Plans submitted by Ghana and Madagascar received approval. After carrying out corrective measures to address the shortcomings in their plan, India has been reinstated to the list. Unfortunately the current plan submitted by Belize does not meet the necessary requirements and consequently Belize is no longer on the list.
*To be eligible, nations must submit a Residue Monitoring Plan proving that they have systems in place to monitor honey safety. Further information
former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The average price was €2.08* per kg although there were large differences between countries. The price for Chinese honey was the lowest at €1.34, followed by Thailand (€1.76). The highest price paid was for honey from New Zealand (€7.55). For Argentina, Mexico and Chile the price was €2.24, €2.47 and €2.70 per kg respectively.
Source: Horacio Mezziga, Agrodigital.com
*€1.00 = US$1.31 (March 2012)