EU Commission mulls penflufen approval
The European Commission is considering its proposal to grant full EU approval to Bayer CropScience's new fungicidal potato seed treatment, penflufen, after EU member states were unable to reach a qualified majority vote on whether to accept or reject the proposal. The Commission said that it would take the outcome into account when deciding whether or not to adopt its proposal, but noted that EU approval was "supported by an important number" of member states. The latest vote was taken by an appeal committee in September, after a similar "no opinion" vote was returned by the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in July. The Commission proposes limiting use to one application every third year in the same field. Bayer received its first provisional approval for penflufen in the UK in 2011, as Emesto Prime (Agrow No 622, p 28). The active ingredient has since been approved in the US, Canada and Australia.