EU confirms controversial pesticide controls

Six active ingredients reapproved for use in Europe but with unusually tight restrictions

Six controversial pesticides that have split EU policymakers for more than a year have been approved for continued use, but subject unusually strict controls.  Directives confirming the rules have been published in the official journal this week.

Two of the active ingredients, dinocap and carbendazim, have been authorised only until the end of 2009.  Four more, fenarimol, flusilazole, procymidone and methanidophos, can only be used until the end of June 2008.

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