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EU suggests two-year neonicotinoid suspension

The European Commission has suggested that EU member states impose a two-year suspension on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, as seed treatments, granule and spray applications on four crops that attract bees: sunflowers, oilseed rape, maize and cotton. The idea has been put forward in response to a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that identified risks to bees from the three active ingredients ( Agrow No 656, p 6). Initial discussions with member states were held at the end of January, with indications that some, such as the UK, Germany and Spain, want more scientific evidence before taking such action.

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