Brazil clarifies imidacloprid warning labels
The Brazilian environmental agency, the Ibama, has clarified rules with the pesticide industry on the use of warning labels for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, the generic agrochemical industry association, the Aenda, says. The insecticide is among four active ingredients undergoing reassessment over concerns of possible harm to bees ( Agrow No 645, p 16), and warning labels had to be attached from October 17th. The rule applies during the period of the reassessment, while products for seed treatment use only are exempt, but also applies to any products that have gained new approvals. The phrase includes: “This product is toxic to bees, and must neither be applied during the flowering season, nor immediately afterwards; failure to comply constitutes a crime”. The Ibama has sent documents detailing the procedure for the reassessment of imidacloprid to industry associations, and includes 31 files.