Posted on January 14, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

EU bans Bayer’s insecticide over harm to health

Evidence of harm to human health, environment to great to ignore, says health commissioner

The European Commission said Monday it will not renew the approval of the insecticide thiacloprid, which is the fourth neonicotinoid to be banned or its use restricted since 2013.

The insecticide is sold by Germany-based Bayer, which acquired Monsanto Co. in 2018, under the brands Calypso and Biscaya.

The EC said its decision was based on scientific advice by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that the substance presents health and environmental concerns. The decision follows approval by a majority of EU governments in October.

“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 in a statement.

The ban means farmers will not be allowed to use the insecticide after April 30, when its current approval expires.

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