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Syngenta files suit against EU thiamethoxam suspension

Syngenta has initiated legal action against the European Commission’s decision to suspend the use of the insecticide, thiamethoxam, on bee attractive crops. The Commission issued legislation in May suspending the use of the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, on certain crops in a bid to protect bees (Agrow No 665, p 6). The restrictions are effective from December 1st. The action was based on a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) assessment last year that identified risks to bees from exposure via dust from seed treatments, or from residues in pollen, nectar or guttation fluid (Agrow No 656, p 6).

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