Neonicotinoids (EU)

European Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 which restricts the use of 3 pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoids family (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) for a period of 2 years, is effective from 1st December 2013.

The EU Regulation is a response to the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific report which identified “high acute risks” for bees as regards exposure to dust in several crops such as maize, cereals and sunflower, to residue in pollen and nectar in crops like oilseed rape and sunflower and to guttation in maize.

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