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EFSA rejects UK study on bees

A UK study claiming that neonicotinoid insecticides do not have a major effect on bumble bees has “several weaknesses”, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Therefore, it does not affect the EFSA’s conclusions, issued in January, that use of such insecticides poses risks for bees, the Authority adds. The EFSA’s January report led to an EU suspension on many uses of three neonicotinoids, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, which starts in December (Agrow No 665, p 6).

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