PITCAIRN RESTRICTS HONEY IMPORTS

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ADAMSTOWN, Pitcairn (February 6, 1999 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---The Pitcairn Police and Customs office has requested that persons mailing packages to Britain's last colony in the Pacific not send honey or other bee products.

Visitors also are warned not to bring in such items.

The reason for the restriction is that Pitcairners have begun to expand bee keeping in an effort to develop the honey industry as a foreign revenue earner.

Officials report that beehives on the island now are one-hundred percent free of disease, and they do not want imports from other areas to contaminate the Pitcairn bee population.

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