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Italy extends neonicotinoid seed treatment ban

Italy has extended the suspension on the sale and use of neonicotinoid insecticide-based seed treatments on maize for a further year. The country suspended several seed treatments in 2008 over concerns that they were contributing to the mass death of bees, termed colony-collapse disorder ( Agrow No 561, p 10). They included BASF’s fipronil-based seed treatments, and those containing Bayer CropScience’s clothianidin and imidacloprid, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam. The Minister of Agriculture, Saverio Romano, requested that the Ministry of Health extend the suspension of those insecticides “in order to allow stakeholders involved in the process to reach a final decision on the use of these active substances harmful to the health of bees”.

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