Véto-pharma S.A., the French veterinary pharmaceutical company specializing in honeybee health, announced that the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Section 3 registration approval of its Apivar miticide effective March 11. EPA approval means that beekeepers in the U.S. will be allowed to use Apivar to treat honeybee colonies for Varroa mites, one of the leading causes of global honeybee population decline and a contributing factor in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Véto-pharma submitted approval applications for individual states.

“Apivar has earned an excellent reputation as a safe and effective means of controlling Varroa mite infestations in honeybee colonies,” said José Nobre, Véto-pharma’s president and chief executive officer. “Now American beekeepers can take advantage of the same benefits that much of the rest of the world has enjoyed for some time.”

Apivar kills up to 99 percent of Varroa mites in one application; it has proven safe and effective;  it leaves no significant residues in hive products; and it is convenient and easy to use.”

Varroa mites damage honeybees by feeding off their haemolymph (blood), particularly at the larval stage, where they weaken the host bees and introduce other diseases, viruses and bacteria.

Several research projects conducted by scientists in the U.S., Canada and many European and Asian nations have demonstrated Apivar’s safety and effectiveness when used in accordance with instructions. Similarly, other studies have proven that residues of Apivar’s active ingredient in honey and wax consistently fall below the limits of detection, and are well below the strict limits allowed by many regulatory bodies, notably the U.S. EPA and the European Medicines Agency.

Apivar’s long-acting, low-dose formulation means that when beekeepers handle and apply the product as directed, they can be confident they will not be exposed to any hazardous compounds. Apivar does not emit vapors into the beehive atmosphere or the surrounding environment during application, nor does it require measuring, mixing or any complicated application procedures.

Véto-pharma S.A. is a veterinary pharmaceutical company that develops and markets innovative products to help commercial and hobbyist beekeepers prevent and control hive diseases and improve honeybee health. Véto-pharma’s products are sold to beekeepers through distributors in North America, Europe and Asia. With headquarters in Paris, the company’s U.S. operations are based in New York, N.Y.