The Agricultural Industries Confederation has noted the conclusions reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the risk of granular and seed treatments of three neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, to bees.
The conclusions are based on the evaluation of data collected from an open call to review the 2013 restrictions on products based on these neonicotinoids.
“Our big concern is that the EFSA evaluations used the ‘Bee Guidance Document’ which has not been adopted by European Member States because it has been deemed impractical to implement,” said Hazel Doonan, AIC’s Head of Crop Protection and Agronomy.
“Too often, in recent times, product re-approvals have been based on emotion, politics and poor science as opposed to validated reviews of robust science,” said Ms Doonan.
‘’It is well documented that a number factors impact negatively on bee health and AIC Members continue to work with farmers to address this by providing habitats and food for bees and pollinators,’’ she concluded.