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Three biocides set for EU approval

The insecticides abamectin and imidacloprid, and the wood preservative 4,5-dichloro-2-octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one are set to receive EU biocide approval, following clearance by EU agriculture ministers. The European Commission is now free to adopt its proposed approvals, provided the European Parliament has no objections. The active ingredients will be added on July 1, 2013 to Annex I of the EU biocidal products directive (98/8), which covers non-crop pesticides. The commission proposes that EU member states be required to consider appropriate measures to minimize exposure to children when assessing applications for abamectin- or imidacloprid-based products. Member states would have to consider compliance with maximum residue limits if imidacloprid product use might lead to residues in food and feed.

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