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ED criteria for agchems apply in EU from October

New criteria for identifying agrochemical active ingredients, safeners or synergists that are potential endocrine disruptors (EDs) will be applied in the EU from October 20th.
Europe European Commission

MEPs clear new organic rules

The European Parliament has voted in favour of draft rules on the production and labelling of organic food.
Europe Policy & Regulation

Russia conditionally approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has conditionally granted approval of Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
Russian Federation M&A

EFSA compares residues in organic and conventional food

An analysis of pesticide residue monitoring data in Europe found pesticide residues in 44% of conventional food samples and 6.5% of organic food samples, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Europe EU

Portuguese agchem residues in food hit record low in 2016

The number of samples of analysed foodstuffs with pesticide residues above permitted limits in Portugal hit an all-time recorded low in 2016.
Portugal

Syngenta debuts grapevine fungicide in Portugal

Syngenta has launched its oomycete fungicide, Ampexio (mandipropamid + Gowan’s zoxamide), in Portugal.

Portugal Fungicides

MEP pesticide committee starts hearings

“We must dare to do everything” to develop new pesticide authorisation practices that restore citizens’ confidence in the EU process, says MEP Eric Andrieu, chair of the special committee on pesticides set up by the European Parliament in January.

EU Europe

EU farmers urge action on new plant breeding methods

The EU must improve its “challenging” regulatory policy on new plant breeding techniques (NBTs) or be left behind by US advances in this area, warns European farmers’ group Copa-Cogeca.

Europe EU

EU aims for April vote on neonic ban

The European Commission has scheduled a vote for April 27th by EU member states on its proposal to ban all outdoor uses of the three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
EU Europe

EFSA finally completes assessment of Duracade maize

EU safety clearance has finally been concluded for the use of ChemChina subsidiary Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant Duracade (5307) maize in food and feed.

EU Europe

Syngenta debuts Minecto Alpha in Spain

Syngenta has launched its insecticide/fungicide/bactericide, Minecto Alpha (FMC’s cyantraniliprole + acibenzolar-S-methyl + bronopol) in Spain.

Spain Fungicides

Bayer to boost agchem production in Russia by 2020

Bayer’s Crop Science division plans to localise over 60% of its crop protection products in Russia by 2020.
Russian Federation Operations
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