Fourth neonicotinoid pesticide banned by EU

The use of the pesticide thiacloprid will be banned in the spring after the European Commission legislated on Monday to prevent the renewal of authorisation for its use in the EU, following the advice of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

The move follows endorsement of a draft regulation in October by a committee of national government delegates. The current licence for marketing thiacloprid in Europe expires on 30 April.

“The scientific advice from EFSA is clear: there are environmental concerns related to the use of this pesticide, particularly its impact on groundwater, but also related to human health, in reproductive toxicity,” health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said.

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