The pesticides in question, chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl, are particularly widely used to protect citrus fruits from insects, with several southern European countries reported to have been opposed to the ban.
Nevertheless, members of the Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) voted on Friday to approve a proposal from the European Commission not to renew either substance, which are classified as posing a risk to unborn children.
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