EPA issues new label rules for neonicotinoids to protect bees

08/21/2013 04:03:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

EPA bee iconCourtesy Environmental Protection AgencyA bee icon on neonicotinoid insecticide labels will warn users of additional rules they must follow to protect bees.The Environmental Protection Agency will require new labels and accompanying restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides that prohibit their use if bees are present.

The ruling affects several insecticides within the class, including imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, according to a news release.

Imidacloprid is marketed as Admire Pro by Bayer CropScience as well under several other labels as off-patent products.

Dinotefuran is marketed as Venom and chlothianidin is marketed as Belay, both by Valent U.S.A.

Thiamethoxam is marketed as Platinum and Actara, among other brand names, by Syngenta Crop Protection.

The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with information about how bees may be exposed to the products and spray drift precautions.

They also will prohibit application of the insecticides until all petals have fallen from flowers.

In May, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a scientific report on honeybee health showing that several stressors were to blame for population declines. They include loss of habitat, parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

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