Maintaining quality in the new beekeeping regulatory landscape
Motti Yakubovich, the new senior regulatory affairs and quality manager at Vita Bee Health, aims to ensure the maintenance of product quality and regulatory compliance at a time of change.
One of Motti’s first tasks when he joined the company last year was to help manage the successful technical transfer of Vita’s Apiguard production facilities from Hampshire to Italy. He has also played a key role in the ongoing task of making Vita’s operations and products Brexit-compliant.
Motti explained that he is no stranger to bees and honey: “I was very pleased to be appointed by Vita and see my job as helping to maintain and improve the quality of Vita products. I have a special interest because I love honey – especially the gifts from my father-in-law who manages ten colonies in Moldovia.”
Max Watkins, CEO of Vita, said, “Motti’s experience in working for major pharmaceutical companies is proving very valuable, especially at this time of change. He has been able to alert us to the most efficient ways of moving Apiguard production facilities without any loss of quality while ensuring compliance across several regulatory regimes. Making arrangements to ensure seamless continuity in preparation for Brexit and beyond has of course been challenging in regulatory terms, but we are pleased with our preparations thus far.”
Born in Ukraine, Motti has gained valuable experience in several countries. After graduating from university in Romania, he has worked in Israel, Slovenia and most recently for several years for companies including the multi-nationals Novartis Animal Health in Slovenia and Mylan in the UK.
About Vita Bee Health
Vita Bee Health is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.
Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.
Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood control, foulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps, Small Hive Beetle traps, a Bee Gym varroa grooming aid and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.
Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.
Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.
As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.