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Canadian honey bee songbirds, which are highly valued as food and pollinators for crops such as apples, carrots, and potatoes, are being contaminated with toxic levels of borax.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), there are at least three honey bee deaths from exposure to the toxic boron-based liquid used to make honey dews.
“It is not uncommon for honey bee colonies to die of boric acid poisoning when it is not treated immediately,” RCMP Sgt. Peter McManus told CBC News.
“The main concern is that if the colony is not cared for properly, it could spread to other bee colonies.”
The borohydrate, which is also used in the preparation of the bee’s honey, is added to honey to prevent the bees from becoming contaminated by other elements of the honey, such as pollen and fungus.
“We are seeing that the honey is not getting treated properly,” said McManuses, who said the boriodene-based dew used in dew and honey production is used in over 60 different food products, including apple pie, butter and other baked goods, as well as in toothpaste and shampoo.
“When the boric acids are ingested, they go into the bloodstream and eventually the liver.
And then it goes to the kidney and then it can be passed on to the next generation of honeybees.”
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it is aware of two honey bee death cases in Canada and has been working with the borate industry to make sure it is safe.
“While borate is not a food additive in Canada, we are aware of a number of cases of borate poisoning of honey bee hives in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta,” said Jennifer Dyer, the CFIA’s director of public affairs.
The borate, which has been in use for centuries, has been banned from the United States since 1976.
“Our beekeepers are still worried about the possibility of borosilicate glass,” said Dyer.
The CFIA has sent out an advisory to the industry to ensure they are aware and taking all precautions to protect their products.
“Borate glass is not yet banned in the U.S., but the CFSA is urging those in the borus industry to use glass or metal containers,” she said.
According the federal government, the amount of borusilicate added to food in the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico is less than one-tenth of the amount used in Canada.
“There is still plenty of room for honey bees to live on and pollinate these crops without this potentially lethal compound,” said Ian MacDonald, senior bee researcher at the University of New South Wales.
MacDonald said it was vital that the industry take measures to prevent any honey bee poisoning of its own bees.
“This is a huge risk to bees and it’s something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible,” he said.