The European parliament has backed strict new EU pesticide approval rules that would have radical market consequences for manufacturers. In a first-reading vote on legislative proposals MEPs expanded the range of hazardous substances that would be banned in pesticides, beefed up substitution rules and cut authorisation periods.
"Serious damage will be inflicted on Europe’s food and farming industry if today’s vote was to result in legislation," trade lobby group Ecpa said in response to the parliament's decision. MEPs have "failed to understand or simply chosen to ignore these consequences" and "put at risk the EU agri-food industry," it added.
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