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Further delay on EU asulam decision

EU member states have once again failed to agree on whether or not to accept European Commission proposals not to re-register the herbicide, asulam. The Commission had resubmitted its proposal to the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health’s July meeting, after the Committee was unable to reach a qualified majority vote at its May meeting ( Agrow No 617, p 7). Under new EU voting procedures ( Agrow ibid), there is now an option for the proposal to be referred to an “appeal committee”, although the next steps have yet to be decided, says a Commission spokesperson. United Phosphorus is the applicant for asulam. It points out that the rapporteur member state, the UK, had recommended re-registration and that the active ingredient is considered essential for controlling bracken.

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