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BASF not in favour of EU’s decision to restrict key insecticide

11:17 AM, 18th July 2013
BASF LIMBURGERHOF GERMANY

LIMBURGERHOF, GERMANY: BASF disagrees with the European Commission’s latest decision to apply a two-year restriction on selected seed treatment uses of the insecticide fipronil. This will limit growers’ access to valuable and approved technologies. Along with the majority of experts, the company believes that the decline in bee populations is caused by multiple and complex factors and that the restriction of fipronil will not contribute to protect bees.

“The decision regarding fipronil was derived from an assessment that focused heavily on new technical areas for which no established regulatory evaluation criteria are yet available. Moreover, sound data from field studies that underpin the safe use of our product for bees were not considered sufficiently,” said Jurgen Oldeweme, Senior Vice President, Global Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs, BASF Crop Protection.

“We are certain that Europe can achieve both - the protection of pollinators and the support of European agriculture - but for that all stakeholders must engage in a comprehensive action plan to address the real root causes of the decline in bee health. We will support the European Commission in the development of extensive measures that can benefit bees while securing food production in Europe,” added Oldeweme.

 

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