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    Protocol regarding the import of bees into Québec in 2017 from a province where the small hive beetle is absent or controlled by health authorities

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    Any beekeeper planning to import colonies, nuclei or packages of bees into Québec territory[1] must have an authorization to import bees into Québec issued by the Direction de la santé animale (DSA) of the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ).
    The goal of this protocol is to contribute to ensuring a reasonable degree of protection against the risk of introducing Aethina tumida (small hive beetle or SHB) and Paenibacillus larvae (the causative organism of American foulbrood), bee diseases designated in the Regulation to designate contagious or parasitic diseases, infectious agents and syndromes (CQLR, c. P-42, r. 4.2). This protocol targets beekeeping operations in provinces where the small hive beetle is absent or controlled by health authorities, and specifies the requirements that these businesses must meet to be eligible for an authorization to import into Québec territory.  
    [1]     The issuance of an authorization to import by the MAPAQ is not required for packages of bees imported into Canada in accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

    Organisation : Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)
    Auteur(s) : MAPAQ
    Date de publication : 02 mars 2017

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