It is well recognised in the honey industry that quality standards, in relation to food safety, are demanded by customers, wholesalers and governments. Also, it is necessary to comply with the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Safety Standard, which requires food businesses to develop a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety program.
B-QUAL Australia Pty Limited has been established by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) as an independently developed and audited food safety program.
B-QUAL aims to ensure that 90% of honey produced in Australia is quality assured for both the domestic and export markets. The specific requirements of the European Union (EU) for the export of honey and honey products will be met. The requirements of FSANZ Food Safety Standard will also be developed. The adoption of these standards will enable continued market access both in Australia and overseas. B-QUAL aims to address the current industry biosecurity codes of practice which includes an auditable biosecurity plan.
It is also proposed that the adoption of a national quality standard will form the basis of an ongoing program, to ensure industry best practice and ongoing industry training.
Product standards include all facets of production and services of the industry including honey, queen bees, pollination and honey packing. The resulting system provides a self-policing means of ensuring standards are kept at industry best practice and meet the domestic and international market demands.
As the industry quality assurance program, B-QUAL includes the production and delivery of the:
B-QUAL is owned by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) through B-QUAL Australia Pty Ltd. The program is administered by AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd and is managed by the B-QUAL Australia Pty Ltd Board. The board has the following responsibilities:
Mr Barry Pobke (SA) (Chairman)
08 8572 3813
Lindsay Bourke (Tas)
0418 131 256
Mr Wayne Fuller (NSW)
0428 663 366
Dr Nicholas Chantler Ph.D AM (TAS)
0419 449 536