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EFSA plans more work on agchem/bee links

Further assessments of the potential risks posed to bees by the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, have been scheduled into the 2014 work programme of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The Authority will continue its work on bee health and intends to publish a report identifying data gaps and proposing ways of improving and harmonising risk assessment in this area. It was a study by the EFSA in 2012 that prompted the European Commission to impose two-year suspensions on certain uses of the three active ingredients last year (Agrow No 665, p 6). The bans have been challenged by industry as not scientifically justified.

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