Germany revokes methiocarb ban
The German federal office for consumer protection and food safety, the BVL, has revoked the suspension of Bayer CropScience’s carbamate insecticide, Mesurol (methiocarb) as a seed treatment on maize. The registration of the active ingredient was suspended last May along with the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, over concerns of harm to bees ( Agrow No 545, p 14). Subsequently, the suspension of the products was lifted for use on oilseed rape ( Agrow No 547, p 13), although the suspension on maize continued. The BVL says that no detrimental effect on bees has been reported since then, nor have there been any findings raising concerns.