Federal researchers are trying to find a link between melamine-tainted foods and a syndrome dubbed “Colony Collapse Disorder.” CCD has been causing alarm as the bees needed to pollinate produce has been disappearing in droves.
According to the article, the FDA is testing bee feed for melamine.
CCD started last year, coinciding with the first known reports of melamine-tainted foods.
No link has been found, but researchers at the Department of Agriculture’s Bee Research Laboratory and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine are testing commercial bee feed for melamine-related compounds and doing feed tests on honeybees.
“I was curious enough and wanted to be complete enough that I thought it was worth doing,” Jeffery Pettis, the bee lab’s research leader, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday.
Since some commercial bee feeds are protein-based, using ingredients like brewer’s yeast and soy flour, the possibility that melamine could be causing the unexplained bee die-off is worth investigating, Pettis said.
However, he said he does not believe that melamine or anything about the bees’ diets ultimately will be linked to what is killing them.
“Our commercially available diets contain protein in them, so it’s not out of the question,” he said.
(Thanks Pet Connection)