EFSA completes draft guidelines on acceptable pesticide risk to bees

Pesticides should not be authorised if they are likely to reduce honey bee populations by 10% or more, according to updated guidelines published in draft form on Monday, but the European Food Safety Authority said a lack of data meant it was too early to set a ‘specific protection goal’ (SPG) for wild bees.

by Robert Hodgson
The entrance to an apiary in Navalafuente, Madrid, April 2022. The draft bee guidance document proposes a tolerable limit of a 10% decline in honey bee populations when assessing pesticides. Photo: Rafael Bastante/Europa Press via Getty Images
The entrance to an apiary in Navalafuente, Madrid, April 2022. The draft bee guidance document proposes a tolerable limit of a 10% decline in honey bee populations when assessing pesticides. Photo: Rafael Bastante/Europa Press via Getty Images

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