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EU use conditions to change for citronella oil

The EU agrochemical approval of the herbicide, citronella oil, is to be adjusted to impose further risk mitigation conditions, following the completion of the active ingredient’s assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The European Commission proposes to add requirements that EU member states should consider measures to protect operators, workers, bystanders, residents, ground water and non-target organisms. Certain confirmatory data would also be required. The proposals were supported by the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health in March and require official adoption before coming into effect. Citronella oil was approved in 2009 without any specific conditions, under a system allowing early approval of “low-risk” ais before the EFSA had completed its peer review (Agrow No 560, p 8).

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