>but seems all it takes is a little honey robbing to become infected.
Wow! In 35 years of beekeeping I've seen a lot of honey robbing. I've bought a lot of used equipment. I've never scorched it. I have looked at used brood comb for scale, and never found any and have never seen AFB in my hives. And have not used any kind of antibiotic in my hives for 33 years.I think you're greatly over thinking this.
clarification? I don't doubt you're experience and contributions.
I'm certain if AFB or anything else were running uncontrollably rampant, there would be a clamp down on rules and regulations. Over Thinking? possibly but I'd rather look at it as awareness not live in fear of.
I have bought used equipment that most of it looks new and it is branded 1988, I never scorched it and never had a problem, I never treated or treat for any brood disease or any kind of disease, yaw are talking like these brood disease are rapid like mites, I have been beekeeping for 6 years now and been to many yards and never have seen a case of brood disease, I don't think it is as wide spread as you all are making it sound.