MEPs raise doubts over neonicotinoid suspension
The European Commission has come under criticism from some members of the European Parliament for being too “hasty” in recommending a two-year suspension of three neonicotinoid insecticides after risks were identified for bees. The action is based on a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam ( Agrow No 657, p 7). It has sparked widely contrasting responses. The Commission cancelled a February 25th meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health that was due to vote on a draft regulation. It now hopes to hold a vote in mid-March.