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UK warns against azadirachtin use

The UK Chemical Regulations Directorate (CRD) has warned against the sale and use of the neem tree-based botanical insecticide, azadirachtin. It says that the active ingredient is likely to be present in all products containing neem or neem oil. Such products could be marketed for use as insect repellents or insecticides and might be claimed to be “safe”, “natural” or “organic”, it adds. The Directorate has expressed concern that such products are believed to be outside regulatory controls on pesticides.


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