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Extensions agreed for EU approval periods of 34 agchem ais

EU approval periods are to be extended by another year for 34 agrochemical active ingredients to allow more time to complete assessments for renewal of the authorisations before they expire on April 30th. 

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EU aiming for early release of Farm to Fork strategy

The European Commission is “working very hard” on its Farm to Fork strategy and the planned publication date of May has been brought forward to the end of March, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. 

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EFSA opens public consultation on gene drives

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the assessment of genetically modified insects with synthetically engineered gene drives.

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EU Commission seeks views on Farm to Fork roadmap

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a “roadmap” outlining how it will develop the new “Farm to Fork” strategy on sustainable food production. 

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No fault in imposing buprofezin restrictions, says EU Ombudsman

The EU decision in 2017 to ban use of the insecticide/acaricide, buprofezin, in edible crops was correctly implemented with regard to the phase-out period for foodstuffs containing buprofezin residues, says European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. 

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EFSA reviews assessment methods for three new GMO techniques

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has outlined three studies due for completion in 2020 that “may have important implications” for the approval of genetically modified organisms in the EU. 

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EU invites comments on biocide ED guidance changes

The European Commission has invited feedback on draft proposals to make it a legal obligation to follow EU guidance on identifying biocides that are potential endocrine disruptors (EDs). 

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Env MEPs object to proposed GM triple-stack soybean approval

A resolution objecting to the proposed approval of a genetically modified triple-stack soybean line has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. 

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MEP fails in bid for approval of propolis as basic agchem substance

A European Parliament politician lobbying against plans to refuse EU approval for propolis extract as a basic substance for agrochemical use has failed to gain support from fellow MEPs.

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EU Commission refuses call to review pymetrozine ban

The European Commission has refused a request by a member of the European Parliament to reconsider its decision in 2018 not to renew the EU approval of the insecticide, pymetrozine. 

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French court rules mutagenesis as subject to GMO laws

France’s highest court, the Conseil d’État (council of state), has ruled that plants bred through mutagenesis must be subject to the regulations relating to genetically modified organisms.

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EU database on emergency agchem approvals goes live

A new EU database that lists emergency authorisations of agrochemicals has been published by the European Commission. 

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