France suspends "dangerous" pesticides
Six agricultural insecticides, containing the active ingredient fipronil and suspected to have decimated commercial beehives, have been suspended by the French government pending advice by the European food safety authority. The decision follows a recommendation in January by French experts against the re-registration of fipronil due to risks to wildlife. The decision could have EU-wide implications as France was the country chosen by BASF for the re-registration of the fipronil-based products, under a European pesticides reassessment programme due for completion by 2008 (EED 11/07/03). See press release.