EC approves new insecticide despite data gaps around risks to bees

The European Commission has authorised the use of insecticide cyantraniliprole for 10 years despite previous warnings from the European Food Safety Authority that “data gaps” mean it could pose a “high risk” to honeybees

The European Commission has authorised the use of insecticide cyantraniliprole for 10 years despite previous warnings from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that “data gaps” mean it could pose a “high risk” to honeybees.

The chemical will be approved for use on crops across the EU between 14 September 2016 and 14 September 2026, depending on a number of conditions.

In line with the EU Plant Protection Products Regulation, the Commission has asked member states to monitor effects of cyantraniliprole on bees, bumblebees, aquatic organisms and groundwater quality, which are all areas of concern previously flagged up by EFSA.

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