Beekeeping and Bee Products

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Beekeeping and Bee Products
BEEKEEPING AND BEE PRODUCTS ACT

CHAPTER 67:53

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Act
28 of 1935

Amended by
7 of 1949

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Index of Subsidiary Legislation
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Beekeeping and Bee Products Regulations (G. 17.12.1936, 22.5.1941, 7.10.1943) 8

Note on Adaptation
Under paragraph 6 of the Second Schedule to the Law Revision Act (Ch. 3:03) the Commission
amended certain references to public officers in this Chapter. The Minister’s approval of the
amendments was signified by LN 52/1980, but no marginal reference is made to this Notice
where any such amendment is made in the text.

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CHAPTER 67:53

BEEKEEPING AND BEE PRODUCTS ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Power to apply Act to other diseases of bees, and to declare pests.
4. Appointment of Inspector of Apiaries.
5. Power of entry of Inspector.
6. Decision of Inspector as to disease to be final.
7. Apiaries to be registered.
8. Notification of disease.
9. Regulations.

10. General penalty.

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CHAPTER 67:53

BEEKEEPING AND BEE PRODUCTS ACT

An Act to regulate and control beekeeping, the importation
or exportation of bees, bee products and bee supplies,
and to prevent the introduction and spread of bee diseases.

[14TH NOVEMBER 1935]

1. This Act may be cited as the Beekeeping and Bee
Products Act.

2. In this Act—
“apiary” means a colony or a collection of two or more colonies

of bees in hives;
“bee” or “honeybee” means the honey-producing bee imported

from Europe and the continent of America (known
scientifically as Apis mellifica) and its varieties and any other
honey-producing bee kept for the extraction of honey;

“bee products” include honey, wax and any other product of
beekeeping, and any preparation made from a combination
of honey or wax or both or any other substance derived from
honey bees;

“bee supplies” include bees honeycomb, foundation, hives, frames
and anything needed or used in beekeeping and in the
production and preparation of honey, beeswax and any other
product or thing necessary for beekeeping;

“colony” means a hive containing bees or a queen bee with the
necessary number of drones and worker bees;

“disease” includes the diseases of bees known as “Foul Brood”
and “Isle of Wight disease of bees” and any other disease of
bees which the Minister may by Order declare to be a disease
of bees for the purposes of this Act;

“hive” means the receptacle in which bees are kept;
“honey” means the sweet viscous fluid produced and stored by

honeybees;

1950 Ed.
Ch. 25. No. 3.
28 of 1935.

Commencement.

Short title.

Interpretation.

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Power to apply
Act to other
diseases of
bees, and to
declare pests.

Appointment
of Inspector
of Apiaries.

Power of entry
of Inspector.

Decision of
Inspector as to
disease to
be final.

Apiaries to
be registered.

“pest” includes any bee, moth, ant, bird or other living creature
which is or may become injurious to the honey bee and
declared by the Minister by Order to be a pest.

3. The Minister may by Order include under the description
of “disease” for the purposes of this Act any other disease of bees,
and declare what living creatures shall be considered “pests” under
this Act.

4. There shall be in the public service an Inspector of Apiaries
in Trinidad and Tobago (hereinafter referred to as the Inspector).
Such Inspector shall be under the control of the Chief Technical
Officer (Agriculture).

5. (1) The Inspector, with such assistance as may be
necessary, may enter from time to time on any land whether open
or enclosed, including any plantation, nursery, orchard, garden,
pleasure ground, yard, house, building or other place where bees
are kept, between the hours of eight o’clock in the morning and
six o’clock in the evening of any day for the purpose of inspecting
the hives, making enquiries as to disease and discharging such
duties as may be imposed upon him by this Act.

(2) Any person who—
(a) obstructs or resists the Inspector in the

performance of his duties; or
(b) wilfully refuses to furnish any information

which such person may be required to furnish by
the regulations,

is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred dollars.

6. For the purposes of this Act, the decision of the Inspector
as to the presence of any disease shall be final.

7. Every owner or person having the charge or management
of an apiary shall cause the apiary to be registered with the
Inspector. Any person who makes default in registering the apiary
is guilty of an offence against this Act.

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8. (1) Every owner or person having the charge or
management of an apiary who knows or suspects the existence of
any disease in the apiary shall as soon as practicable give notice in
writing to the Inspector of the fact of the apiary being so infected
or suspected and shall in the notice give all information in his
power as to the extent and nature of the disease. The notice shall
be served personally on the Inspector or shall be addressed to him
by registered post.

(2) Every person who contravenes the provisions of this
section is guilty of an offence against this Act.

(3) Where the owner or person having the charge or
management of an apiary is charged with an offence under this
Act he shall be presumed to have known of the existence of the
disease, unless he shows to the satisfaction of the Court that he
had no knowledge of it, and could not with reasonable diligence
have obtained that knowledge.

9. The Minister may, subject to affirmative resolution of
Parliament, make Regulations for—

(a) preventing the introduction and spread of diseases
and pests among bees in Trinidad and Tobago,
including the measures to be taken for the
treatment of any disease by the owner or person
having the charge or management of any apiary
and the destruction of any pest or hive or apiary;

(b) restricting and regulating the importation or
exportation of bees, bee products and bee supplies
into or out of Trinidad and Tobago;

(c) fixing a standard of honey to be exported from
Trinidad and Tobago and grading Trinidad and
Tobago honey, beeswax and bee products;

(d) prohibiting the adulteration of honey, beeswax
and other bee products;

(e) determining the duties of the Inspector;
(f) prescribing fees to be paid for any services

rendered; and

Notification
of disease.

Regulations.

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General penalty.

(g) generally regulating, controlling, protecting and
developing the beekeeping industry of Trinidad
and Tobago.

10. Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this
Act for which no specific penalty is provided is liable on summary
conviction to a fine of four hundred dollars.

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SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

BEEKEEPING AND BEE PRODUCTS REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

REGULATION

1. Citation.
2. Interpretation.

PART I

REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF APIARIES
3. Establishment of apiary.
4. Movable frame hives.
5. Placing of hives.
6. Situation and sanitary condition of apiary.
7. Registration of apiary.
8. Annual return.
9. Removing or changing site of apiary.

PART II

EXTRACTION, PREPARATION AND PACKING
OF HONEY

10. Extracting room.
11. Honey for commercial purposes.
12. Extraction of honey.
13. Preparation of honey.
14. Packing of honey.
15. Conditions.
16. Honey unfit for food purposes.

PART III

PROHIBITION OF ADULTERATION OF HONEY,
BEESWAX AND BEE PRODUCTS

17. Adulteration of honey and beeswax.
18. Preparation of beeswax.

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19. Marketing of beeswax.
20. Purity of honey or beeswax.

PART IV

RESTRICTIONS ON THE IMPORTATION OF BEES,
BEE SUPPLIES, AND BEE PRODUCTS

21. Prohibition.
22. Transhipment of honey.
23. Importation of Queen Bees and bee supplies.
24. Application for permit.
25. Refusal of application.
26. Issue of application.
27. Inspection before permission granted.
28. Number of Queen Bees.
29. Packaging of Queen Bees.
30. Removal of Queen Bee from package or cage.
31. Due diligence and care.
32. Importation at risk and cost of importer.
33. Fees.
34. Deposit of fees.
35. Forfeiture.
36. Precaution.

PART V

STANDARD OF HONEY FOR EXPORTATION AND
CONTROL OF ITS EXPORTATION

37. Interpretation.
38. Grading of honey.
39. Honey in granulated form.
40. Unclassified honey.
41. Fermented or damaged honey.
42. Free of foreign material.
43. Variations.
44. Application for registration to export.

REGULATION

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ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS—Continued

REGULATION

45. Issue of certificate.
46. Expiration of certificate.
47. Packages to be marked.
48. Legible marks.
49. Tin containers.
50. Packing and storing of honey for exporting.
51. Type of containers.
52. Inspections.
53. Difference in grade or quality.
54. Refusal to inspect honey.
55. Fee.
56. Notice of inspection.
57. Order of inspections.

PART VI

CONTROL OF HONEY FOR CONSUMPTION LOCALLY
58. Required marks.
59. Registration number of apiary.
60. Condition of containers.
61. Containers securely closed.
62. Used container or package.
63. Plain and indelible mark.
64. Honey offered for sale.
65. Container to be covered.
66. Comb Honey.

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BEEKEEPING AND BEE PRODUCTS REGULATIONS

made under section 9

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Beekeeping and
Bee Products Regulations.

2. In these Regulations “Inspector” means the Inspector of
Apiaries appointed under the Act.

PART I

REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF APIARIES

3. Before the establishment of an apiary in Trinidad and
Tobago the person who decides to start beekeeping shall give notice
in writing of his intention to do so to the Inspector, who shall inspect
the site or cause same to be inspected, and if satisfied that it is
suitable for establishing an apiary, shall issue a certificate to that
effect to the applicant.

4. All honeybees in Trinidad and Tobago shall be kept in
movable frame hives, that is, hives so constructed as to permit the
easy removal of the honeycombs and other combs for the purpose
of inspection and extraction.

5. All hives shall be placed on a pedestal or stand or other
support which shall be above the surface of the soil or ground and
at a distance of at least six inches from each other.

6. Every apiary shall be situated on a well-drained site which
shall be kept clear of weeds and tall grass and shall be in a sanitary
condition, to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

7. Every application for registration of an apiary shall be made
on a form to be supplied by the Department of Agriculture which
shall contain the following particulars:

(a) name of applicant and his postal address;
(b) exact situation of apiary;
(c) number of colonies constituting apiary.

17.12.1936.
[22.5.1941.
7.10.1943].

Citation.

Interpretation.

Establishment
of apiary.

Movable
frame hives.

Placing of hives.

Situation and
sanitary
condition of
apiary.

Registration
of apiary.

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8. Every owner or person having charge or management
of an apiary shall furnish the Inspector with an annual return
on or before 31st January in each year containing the
following information:

(a) name of owner or person having the charge or
management of the apiary and his postal address;

(b) exact situation of the apiary;
(c) the total number of colonies constituting the

apiary;
(d) the total quantity of honey produced in the apiary

during the previous year;
(e) the total weight of wax produced in the apiary

during the previous year.

9. No owner, or person having charge or management of an
apiary shall remove or change the site of the apiary or any part of
it from the situation stated in the certificate of such apiary without
first notifying in writing the Inspector and obtaining a permit to do
so, which may be refused as a precaution against the spread of
disease or pests or for other good reasons.

PART II

EXTRACTION, PREPARATION AND PACKING
OF HONEY

10. In every apiary of over 10 hives in Trinidad and
Tobago there shall be a room set apart for the purpose of
removing the honey from the honeycombs of a hive, which shall
be known as the “extracting room”. Every extracting room shall
be well ventilated and shall be rendered completely fly proof.
The extracting room shall be equipped or supplied with the
following: an extractor for the removal of honey from the
honeycombs by centrifugal force, an uncapping knife, a honey
strainer and a subsiding tank. All of this equipment shall be
approved by the Inspector.

11. No honey for commercial purposes shall be obtained by
squeezing or crushing the honeycombs.

Annual return.

Removing or
changing site
of apiary.

Extracting
room.

Honey for
commercial
purposes.

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Extraction of
honey.

Preparation
of honey.

Packing of
honey.

Conditions.

12. Only combs with fully filled and sealed cells of honey
shall be taken from the hive for the purpose of obtaining extracted
honey, and the extraction of honey from partially filled and unsealed
honey cells is prohibited.

13. All honey obtained by extraction in the manner prescribed
herein shall be strained and allowed to subside for a period of
forty-eight hours before being placed in approved containers
and stored.

14. Every container of extracted honey shall be scrupulously
clean and shall hold a fixed integral quantity of honey, which
quantity shall be inscribed or embossed on the outside in a
conspicuous manner to the satisfaction of the Inspector.

15. The following sanitary conditions shall be observed and
maintained to the satisfaction of the Inspector:

(a) all buildings or rooms in which honey is extracted,
packed or stored shall be kept in a clean and
sanitary condition;

(b) all appliances including extractors, pumps, tanks,
uncapping boxes, cans or other equipment used
in the handling of honey from the apiary to the
final containers shall be kept clean and sanitary;

(c) all operations in connection with the preparation
and packing of honey shall be carried on carefully
and with strict cleanliness;

(d) all persons engaged in the preparation, handling
and packing of honey shall be free from any
communicable disease and the covering used by
them to protect their clothing or person shall be
of material easily cleaned and shall be kept
reasonably clean;

(e) no lavatory, sink, cesspit or buildings in which
animals are housed, shall be so situated or
maintained as to permit any odours or fumes

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therefrom to pervade any room or building in
which honey is being extracted, packed, handled
or stored;

(f) all vehicles used for the transportation of honey
shall be clean and sanitary.

16. All honey intended to be used or sold for food found by
the Inspector in any apiary, packing plant, warehouse, store or other
business place to be in any way unfit for food purposes shall be
placed under detention and held for disposal as may be directed by
the Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture).

PART III

PROHIBITION OF ADULTERATION OF HONEY,
BEESWAX AND BEE PRODUCTS

17. No foreign matter or syrup shall be added to or mixed
with honey, and the adulteration of honey and beeswax in any form
is strictly prohibited.

18. All beeswax shall be prepared or rendered by melting by
heat the combs of honeybees after the honey in these honeycombs
has been removed.

19. (1) All beeswax shall be marketed in packages or
blocks which will facilitate the easy inspection and examination
of the same.

(2) No beeswax shall be exported from Trinidad and
Tobago unless a permit to that effect has been previously obtained
from the Inspector.

20. The Inspector may examine any honey or beeswax
produced in Trinidad and Tobago in order to ascertain its purity,
and for that purpose the Inspector may require any container to be
opened or any block of wax to be cut or broken. Any such honey
or beeswax may be seized by the Inspector if he has reasonable
grounds to suspect that any of the provisions of this Part have
been contravened, and such honey or wax shall be forfeited if

Honey unfit for
food purposes.

Adulteration of
honey and
beeswax.

Preparation
of beeswax.

Marketing
of beeswax.

Purity of honey
or beeswax.

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any person is convicted of an offence against these Regulations
in respect of such honey or wax.

PART IV

RESTRICTIONS ON THE IMPORTATION OF BEES,
BEE SUPPLIES AND BEE PRODUCTS

21. (1) The importation of honey and beeswax, other than
beeswax included in manufactured articles, is prohibited except
as provided in this regulation.

(2) The Inspector may grant a permit authorising the
importation of comb foundation and of prepared beeswax to be
used solely for medical or dental purposes when such goods are
accompanied by a certificate from the manufacturer stating, to the
satisfaction of the Inspector, that the goods have been manufactured
expressly for comb foundation or for use for medical or dental
purposes and have been effectively sterilised.

22. (1) No honey arriving in Trinidad and Tobago by sea or
by air shall be transhipped except as provided in this regulation.

(2) Honey originating elsewhere than in any of the
territories in the Windward and Leeward Islands shall not be
transhipped in Trinidad and Tobago. Honey originating in any of
the above-mentioned territories may be transhipped in the harbour
of Port-of-Spain under the authority of a permit issued by the
Inspector and subject to the following provisions of this regulation.

(3) No honey shall be brought or kept ashore or within
one mile of the shore during transhipment or pending loading on
the outgoing vessel.

(4) No honey shall be unloaded or loaded or otherwise
moved during transhipment except in the presence of and in
accordance with the directions of an inspecting officer.

(5) No honey shall be unloaded for transhipment if the
containers thereof are leaky or likely to leak, and, in such case or
when the damaged containers are discovered after being
unloaded; the inspecting officer shall take such measures or give

Prohibition.

Transhipment
of honey.

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such orders as may be reasonable and necessary in order to prevent
any bees feeding upon any honey leaking or which may leak out
of any containers.

(6) The captain or other person in charge of any drogher
or other craft which has been used for the transhipment or storage
of honey shall have such vessel thoroughly cleansed immediately
such transhipment or storage is completed and before such drogher
or other craft approaches the shore.

(7) No honey arriving in Trinidad and Tobago in any
vessel or aircraft from places overseas whether for transhipment
or not shall in any circumstances be brought ashore from such
vessel or removed from such aircraft on a land aerodrome.

(8) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained
in this regulation, the Inspector shall have the right to prohibit the
transhipment of any honey if he has reason to believe that such
honey proceeds from any country or place in which any disease of
honey bees is known to occur or if, for any reason such transhipment
is likely to introduce any disease of honey bees into Trinidad
and Tobago.

(9) Whenever an inspecting officer gives any order in
exercise of the powers vested in him by subregulation (5) any
person in charge of the honey or handling the honey in respect of
which the order is given shall immediately comply with it.

(10) For the purposes of this regulation, “inspecting
officer” includes the Inspector and any Plant Protection Officer
appointed under the terms of the Plant Protection Act and authorised
by the Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture) to act as inspecting
officer under the directions of the Inspector.

23. The importation of Queen Bees and bee supplies shall be
allowed only on the written consent of the Inspector and subject to
compliance with these Regulations.

24. Any person who desires to import bees or bee supplies
into Trinidad and Tobago shall make written application to the
Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture) for a permit authorising the
said importation.

Ch. 63:56.

Importation of
Queen Bees and
bee supplies.

Application
for permit.

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Refusal of
application.

Issue of permit.

Inspection
before
permission
granted.

Number of
Queen Bees.

Packaging of
Queen Bees.

Removal of
Queen Bee from
package or cage.

Due diligence
and care.

25. No application shall be granted for the importation
into Trinidad and Tobago of second hand or previously used
bee supplies.

26. The Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture) may in his
discretion grant or withhold the issue of a permit for which
application is made under the provisions of regulation 24.

27. The Inspector may grant permission in writing for the
importation into Trinidad and Tobago of Queen Bees, or bee
supplies, which have been imported in compliance with these
Regulations, after the Inspector shall have satisfied himself by
inspection of them in the Customs, that they are the goods
mentioned in the original application made by the importer.

28. The Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture) may limit the
number of Queen Bees to be imported when granting permission
for their importation.

29. The Queen Bees shall be imported in the usual packages
addressed to the applicant in the care of the Inspector of Apiaries,
Department of Agriculture, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; and on the
arrival of the package in Trinidad and Tobago no person shall
remove any Queen Bee from the package or cage in which it has
been imported without the written consent of the Inspector to
do so.

30. The Inspector, or the person authorised in writing by him
to remove any Queen Bee from a package or cage in which the
same has been imported, shall remove every Queen Bee from the
package or cage in which the same has been imported and shall
transfer every Queen Bee so removed to a fresh package or cage
with a fresh escort and food supply, and he shall immediately burn
or cause to be burnt the original package or cage and the original
escort and food supply.

31. The Inspector shall exercise due diligence and care so that
the Queen Bees shall be transferred in the manner described above

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and be redirected to the importer to the address furnished in the
application with as little delay as possible, but the Inspector shall
not be responsible for any delay or for the loss of any Queen Bee
or Queen Bees that may occur.

32. Every importation of Queen Bees shall be made entirely
at the risk and cost of the importer, and no claim for damages shall
be made or be sustainable by him for any deaths or losses of Queen
Bees that may occur in carrying out these Regulations.

33. The following fees shall be paid to the Inspector with
each application:

where the application shall be for a single Queen Bee, the
sum of sixty cents;

where the application shall be for more than one Queen Bee,
the sum of sixty cents for the first Queen Bee, and the sum of
twenty-four cents for each additional Queen Bee.

34. All fees received by any person authorised to do so shall
be deposited forthwith with the Comptroller of Accounts.

35. Any bees, or bee supplies on any vessel or boat arriving
in the waters of Trinidad and Tobago and intended to be landed in
Trinidad and Tobago, which are not mentioned in the original
application and in respect of which no authority to import into
Trinidad and Tobago has been given by the Chief Technical Officer
(Agriculture) shall be forfeited immediately, and either destroyed
by order of the Chief Technical Officer or disposed of in such a
manner as will prevent the landing of such bees, or bee supplies in
Trinidad and Tobago.

36. The Comptroller of Customs and Excise on a report that
a vessel arriving in Trinidad and Tobago carries honey shall
take the precaution that such honey shall not be unshipped or
landed or transhipped except in the harbour of Port-of-Spain
and otherwise than in accordance with the relevant provisions
in this Part.

Importation at
risk and cost
of importer.

Fees.

Deposit of fees.

Forfeiture.

Precaution.

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PART V

STANDARD OF HONEY FOR EXPORTATION AND
CONTROL OF ITS EXPORTATION

37. For the purposes of this Part—
“damage” means injury caused by overheating or any

objectionable flavour or aroma from floral source, smoke
taint or other flavour or aroma foreign to honey;

“practically free” means that the honey or its surface is as clean
as if strained at a temperature of not more than 130 degrees
Fahrenheit through a standard bolting cloth of 86 meshes to
the inch.

38. All honey intended for export shall be graded according
to the following grades:

“White” includes extracted honey which, when in liquid
form, shall be no darker in colour than a reading of 30 mm
on the Pfund Honey Grader free from damage and practically
free of foreign material, and shall be well ripened, having a
moisture content not exceeding 17.2 percent or with a
minimum specific gravity reading of 1.4225 at 68 degrees
Fahrenheit referred to water at the same temperature.

“Golden” includes extracted honey which, when in liquid
form, shall be no darker in colour than a reading of 47 mm
on the Pfund Honey Grader, free from damage and practically
free of foreign material, and shall be well ripened, having a
moisture content not exceeding 17.2 per cent or with a
minimum specific gravity reading of 1.4225 at 68 degrees
Fahrenheit referred to water at the same temperature.

“Light Amber” includes extracted honey which, when in
liquid form, shall be no darker in colour than a reading of
81 mm. on the Pfund Honey Grader free from damage and
practically free of foreign material and shall be well ripened,
having a moisture content not exceeding 18.6 per cent or
with a minimum specific gravity reading of 1.4129 at
68 degree F. referred to water at the same temperature.

“Dark Amber” includes extracted honey which, when in
liquid form, shall be no darker in colour than a reading

Interpretation.

Grading of
honey.

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Honey in
granulated
form.

Unclassified
honey.

Fermented or
damaged honey.

Free of
foreign material.

Variations.

Application for
registration
to export.

Issue of
certificate.

of 109 mm on the Pfund Honey Grader free from damage
and practically free of foreign material and shall be well
ripened, having a moisture content not exceeding
18.6 per cent or with a minimum specific gravity reading of
1.4129 at 68 degrees Fahrenheit referred to water at the same
temperature.

“Unclassified honey” shall consist of honey that does not
conform to the requirements of any of the foregoing grades.

39. When honey as defined in any of the above grades is in
granulated form, and any doubt as to grade is expressed, a sample
of the honey shall be liquified and graded on the liquid basis.

40. Unclassified honey shall not be exported from Trinidad
and Tobago but may be sold only for local use or consumption.

41. Honey in a fermented or damaged condition shall not be
exported from Trinidad and Tobago.

42. Honey which at ordinary extracting room temperature has
been strained without pressure through a double thickness of
ordinary fine cheese cloth and allowed to settle for forty-eight hours
will usually be considered as practically free of foreign material.

43. In order to allow for variations incident to proper grading
and packing, not more than 10 per cent of the containers in any lot
graded shall contain honey that differs from the grades as marked
on the containers. But no tolerance shall be allowed for any honey
that is below the next lower grade.

44. Any person who exports or produces, buys or packs honey
for export shall make application for registration on a form to be
obtained from the Department of Agriculture. The fee for
registration shall be one dollar ($1.00) a year to be paid to the
Inspector who shall forthwith deposit the same with the
Comptroller of Accounts.

45. Upon receipt of application for registration together with
the fee of one dollar ($1.00) as mentioned above, the Inspector
shall issue a numbered certificate to the applicant.

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Expiration of
certificate.

Packages to
be marked.

Legible marks.

Tin containers.

Packing and
storing of honey
for exporting.

Type of
containers.

Inspections.

Difference in
grade or quality.

46. All registration certificates issued shall expire on 31st
December of the year of issue.

47. All packages intended for export shall be plainly and
indelibly marked with the following particulars: shipping marks,
grade, net weight and Trinidad and Tobago Honey.

48. All marks required shall be distinctly legible in block letters
of not less than one-half inch in length and, except in the case of
barrels and casks, shall be placed on a single side of the package
which surface shall bear no additional mark or stamp other than
those placed thereon by the Inspector.

49. All tin containers of honey shall be packed in clean, well
constructed packages in good condition which are not defaced by
old markings.

50. All honey intended for export shall be packed in new, clean,
sound and strongly constructed containers as may be approved by
the Inspector and shall be securely closed by means of screw caps,
friction top lids, bungs or solder. Extracted honey for export shall
be stored in hermetically sealed containers.

51. Honey to be shipped out of Trinidad and Tobago shall be
placed in new and clean containers similar in shape to those used
for kerosene oil, each containing fifty-six pounds of honey, and
packed in cases, or in such other containers as shall be approved
by the Chief Technical Officer (Agriculture).

52. All honey intended for export shall be submitted for
inspection at such place as may be approved by the Inspector or at
a convenient port of shipment and be made accessible to the
Inspector and so placed as to disclose its quality and condition.
The applicant or person requiring the inspection shall afford the
Inspector such assistance as he may require in order to make a
satisfactory examination thereof.

53. When any shipper of honey is submitting honey for
inspection and there is any noticeable difference in the grade or

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Refusal to
inspect honey.

Fee.

Notice of
inspection.

Order of
inspections.

Required marks.

quality of the honey included in the one lot, the person submitting
the honey for inspection shall submit each variation or grade in
separate lots, each lot bearing a distinguishing mark.

54. When any shipment of honey is submitted for inspection
in a place considered unsuitable by the Inspector, or not sorted
into separate lots or not bearing the distinguishing marks, the
Inspector may refuse to inspect such honey until it has been
arranged, sorted and marked as required by these Regulations.

55. For each inspection performed as provided in this Part a
fee of six cents in respect of every hundredweight of honey
submitted for inspection shall be paid by the applicant to the
Inspector who shall forthwith deposit the same with the
Comptroller of Accounts.

56. All persons requiring honey to be inspected and graded in
compliance with these Regulations shall give adequate notice to
the Inspector at least two days before inspection is required.

57. Inspections shall be made as facilities permit, and as nearly
as practicable in the order in which applications are received.

PART VI

CONTROL OF HONEY FOR CONSUMPTION LOCALLY

58. Every person who produces, sells, offers for sale or has in
his possession any honey intended for sale or consumption in
Trinidad and Tobago shall be responsible that each package or
container is plainly and indelibly marked as follows:

(a) On tin and glass containers up to and including
ten pounds capacity:
name and address and the word “Honey”;
the letters shall be of a size compatible with the
size of the label design.

(b) All other containers:
name and address and the word “Honey”;
the net weight of the honey contained;

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Registration
number of
Apiary.

Condition of
containers.

Containers
securely closed.

Used container
or package.

Plain and
indelible mark.

Honey offered
for sale.

Container to
be covered.

registered Number of Apiary (where offered for
sale by the Beekeeper or his agent).

59. Any person who sells or offers for sale honey other than
his own production shall use the registration number of the apiary
to designate the producer. In such cases the name and address of
the dealer as well as the registered number of the apiary producing
the honey shall be marked on the container.

60. All honey intended for local sale and consumption shall
be packed in clean, sound and strongly constructed containers in
good condition and which are not defaced by old markings.

61. Containers of extracted honey shall be securely closed by
means of screw caps, friction top lids, solder, bungs or otherwise
as may be approved by the Inspector.

62. No person or persons shall use for packing honey intended
for local sale or consumption any container or package that has
been previously used without first completely obliterating all
markings or labels when same are inconsistent with the marks
required by these Regulations.

63. All marks required shall be plainly and indelibly
marked and, except in the case of casks, shall be placed on a single
side of the container or package, which surface shall bear no
additional mark or stamp other than those placed thereon by
the Inspector.

64. Every container of honey offered for sale shall be of
attractive appearance and scrupulously clean, and there shall be
affixed to or indelibly inscribed on its surface a statement of the
nature of its contents and the volume or weight contained therein,
also the name and registered number of the owner of the apiary.

65. Every container of honey shall be covered with a
contrivance which shall keep the honey entirely unexposed to air.

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66. “Comb Honey” shall be sold in the accepted form known
as “Sections” or in severed portions or pieces of the honeycomb,
and all sections or portions of comb honey offered or exposed for
sale shall be wrapped or put up or packed in sanitary and transparent
containers and kept free from flies and contact with foreign matter
of any sort.

Comb Honey.

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