Regulated control scheme for bee products
Regulated control schemes (RCS) are imposed by the government to manage food-related risks. The schemes are operated by MPI as part of its obligations under the Animal Products Act and involve consultation with the honey and bee products industry.
Samples taken to check for contaminants
Through sampling and analysis, MPI verifies the absence or presence, extent, and distribution of contaminants in bee products for export. This ensures these products comply with Overseas Market Access Requirements (OMARs).
MPI keeps a confidential surveillance list, which identifies sources of honey or other bee products where:
- there is potential risk of contamination
- contamination has been found.
Samples are usually collected by the agency that verifies your RMP during one of their routine visits. However, samples can be collected by any agency recognised by MPI for this work.
After collection, samples are sent to recognised laboratories for testing.
If contamination is discovered, MPI can impose a range of measures to manage the risk of further contamination. In the first instance, the source is usually added to the surveillance list.