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Bayer seeks German thiacloprid report injunction

Bayer CropScience has applied for an injunction against what it terms inaccurate reports on two of its thiacloprid-based garden insecticide products. The German publisher Bund stated that the active ingredient was “harmful to bees” in a pesticide guidebook and repeated the claim in a press release and on its website towards thiacloprid products, Calypso and Lizetan, Bayer notes. Studies show that “thiacloprid is not toxic to bees when applied properly”, it maintains. The company complains that the “undifferentiated statement regarding the danger to bees from Calypso and Lizetan creates a false impression with consumers and is therefore grossly misleading”. Bayer adds that the Bund’s statement that its labelling amounts to suspected conscious consumer deception amounts to a “grossly false assumption because both formulations follow legal requirements”. Both products are registered and classified as “not toxic to bees” in Germany, Bayer notes. The Bund is to make statement at a German court on the injunction this month.

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