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EFSA mulls review of science on agchem/bee links

An external report commissioned by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified 361 scientific papers that could aid the Authority in developing risk assessments for the impact of three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, on bees. The report, by the UK Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) carried out a literature review looking for data on exposure and effects. The EFSA has been investigating possible links between pesticide use and bee population declines, ever since one of its earlier reports prompted the European Commission to impose a two-year suspension on certain uses of the three ais at the end of 2013. The EFSA is considering the FERA report, but stresses that it has not yet come to any opinion on its results.

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