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Law passed to help Hawaii's beekeepers

Published On: Jun 17 2013 11:39:30 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 17 2013 07:55:43 PM HST

Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed this week as Pollinator week in Hawaii; recognizing the importance of butterflies, birds, and even bees--the pollinators that keep our ecosystem thriving.

HONOLULU -

Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to sign legislation aimed at encouraging and supporting Hawaii beekeepers.
    
Senate Bill 482 was signed into law Monday morning in the Governor's Executive Office.
    
The legislation exempts home-based agricultural honey producers from a requirement that they process honey in a certified honey house and obtain a permit.
    
The exemption is limited to producers who sell less than 500 gallons of honey a year. Only those who sell directly to consumers or directly to a retailer that sells directly to consumers may take advantage of the exemption.
    
Producers must write their name and addresses on their product labels. Their labels must also include warnings that the Department of Health hasn't inspected the product and infants under one year shouldn't consume honey.

In a press release, the Governor's office stated  that SB482 will "ensure the continued viability of honeybee operations in the state."

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