Organic Certification

October 7, 2014, Mite Away Quick Strips® (MAQS® Beehive Strips) gains Organic Certification from internationally recognized certifier BioGro.

BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certifier, has granted NOD Apiary Products’ Mite Away Quick Strips® “organic treatment” status. This will provide beekeepers seeking organic treatment tools to control mites on Honey bees with the assurance of the organic integrity of Mite Away Quick Strips® and the excipients within.

Mite Away Quick Strips® (MAQS®) are an innovative solution that controls the Varroa mite by harnessing an organic acid, formic acid. Formic acid is naturally occurring in honey. The product has now been registered in Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, UK and the USA. Registration is expected for additional European countries.

MAQS ® was created by NOD Apiary Products Ltd., a company established in 1997 in Ontario, Canada, which focuses on providing solutions for Honey bee protection. Their key technology advancement was the vapor-wicking wrap made with a biodegradable and compostable polymer ecoflex®, which is filled with formic acid infused in a saccharide (plant sugar) formulation. “The strip’s innovation is that the treatment successfully penetrates the brood cap, targeting the Varroa mites where they reproduce, arresting the transmission of viruses,” explains David VanderDussen, CEO NOD Apiary Products Ltd. When bees are treated with MAQS® there is no risk of residue contamination to the honey or wax.

In the past, certified organic beekeepers have had to personally submit their proposal to use MAQS® through an organic certifier. With this certification, beekeepers from all regions can simply use the product without the added paperwork and wait time.

MAQS® is marketed through authorized distributors. For more information on how to purchase organically certified MAQS® in Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the USA please visit the NOD Global website at

About BioGro New Zealand

“BioGro is New Zealand’s leading organic certifier. Providing producers with organic certification as an assurance of organic integrity for their customers. Our brand is synonymous with quality organics. In New Zealand, there is no current restriction on who can label and promote their products as organic and the term ‘organic’ is often wrongly abused.

We’ve made it our mission to protect the end-consumer by guaranteeing that the organic produce they buy is authentic.

BioGro certification also provides access to key international markets. We are an internationally known and respected certifier that can help producers meet various foreign requirements and gain overseas market access BioGro certification provides access to key international markets. 88 countries now have fully implemented regulations or standards for organics in place. A further 12 countries are in the process of drafting regulations. As export markets become increasingly regulated we have taken steps to gain international accreditations so we can continue providing market access to our members. We are a world-renown and highly respected certifier that can help producers meet various foreign requirements and gain overseas market access.” To learn more visit

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