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Important Information about Organic Beeswax

To produce organic beeswax , beekeepers are required to follow strict
protocols in the production and processing of the beeswax. The beginning
of the process requires that the beekeeper follow the protocols for the
production of organic honey. The area that the bees are gathering nectar
must be void of any chemicals and the beekeepers are not allowed to use
synthetic chemicals in the hive. Once the honey is harvested , the beeswax
is processed . Both are required to be handled in a certified organic clean
facility without contamination from other beeswax or honey.

Organic beekeepers are allowed to use chemicals in the hives to treat
against pests in the hive. The two most commonly used chemicals are formic
acid and oxalic acid. Both are naturally occurring substances that can be
found in low concentrations in backyard gardens and are quite safe. However ,
to be effective against pests in a beehive these chemicals must be of higher
concentrations. These higher concentrations are highly toxic and corrosive
and are considered Class 8 Hazardous Goods.

The concern for the beeswax is that these highly toxic chemicals can be
residual in the beeswax.

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