The New York State Department of Agriculture has opened an investigation into a herbal medicine hive that is made from the body parts of a dead bee and sold to retailers and restaurants.
The hives are being investigated because of the risk of bees dying from a bacterial infection that is known as honey bee paralysis, or HAP.
The bee’s body parts are injected with a drug that causes paralysis in the hive, said Dan Miller, director of the New York Department of Food and Agriculture.
It is also illegal in New York to make or sell honey products containing any parts of honeybees.
Miller said the investigation is being led by the state Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
He said there have been some reports of bees getting infected and dying in hives.
He said the state is also investigating whether beekeepers are violating state rules by selling hives with live bee carcasses.
Hives sold at restaurants are considered agricultural products.
They are typically sold for sale on a shelf or in a plastic container with a sticker that says they were grown in New Zealand.
They do not contain any honey.
But some people who buy them online say they come from South America, Africa or Asia, and are sold in jars, tubes or containers, often with dead bees inside.
The product is also sold at specialty food stores and grocery stores in New England.
People who buy hives from New Zealand are not allowed to sell them for human consumption.
The hives cannot be sold to the public, and the sale of them is considered illegal under state law.
“We are going to take a close look at all of the products that are available online that are made with dead bee bodies, and whether they are legal,” Miller said.
A spokeswoman for the New Zealand Department of Environment said the department does not regulate the sale or use of hives in New Jersey.
She said people who sell hives should be cautious because of concerns about the spread of bacteria from the hives to people.
She said it is illegal to sell a hive in New Hampshire, but it is not illegal to grow hives elsewhere in New Mexico, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
If you or someone you know is at risk, call 911 or the New England Poison Center at 800-222-1222.