Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU's ban on neonicotinoids

08/28/2013 10:22:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

honey beesVicky BoydA joint U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency report has linked bee die-offs to a host of factors, including parasites, diseases, poor nutrition, poor genetics and insecticides.Syngenta and Bayer have submitted legal challenges to the European Commission's May decision to suspend the use of several neonicotinoid insecticides to protect bees.

In a news release, Syngenta contended that the commission's decision was based on a "flawed process, an inaccurate and complete assessment by the European Food Safety Authority and without the full support of EU member states."

Instead, Syngenta called on stakeholders to focus on practical solutions to bee health.

They include managing diseases, viruses, parasites, loss of habitat and nutrition.

Products involved in the suspension include thiamethoxam, which Syngenta markets as Actara, Cruiser and Platinum, among other brands. Bayer's imidacloprid, marketed as Admire Pro as well as under other brand names, also is involved in the suspension.

In an Aug. 28 Reuters News article, EU commission officials countered Syngenta's claims and said they based their decision on scientific information.

They also said they received support from 15 of the 19 EU members.

Despite the challenge, the suspension is set to begin in December and will last two years.

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