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EFSA finalizes new guidance on risks to bees from pesticides

10:43 AM MDT | July 4, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has published new guidance for assessing the risks to bees from the use of pesticides. Previous risk assessment for honeybees did not take full account of risks from chronic or repeat exposure, or the potential risks to larvae. The new guidance fills these gaps, and adds schemes for bumble bees and solitary bees, says EFSA. The European Commission requested the new guidance as part of its strategy for protecting bees in Europe. Bee numbers and the health of bee populations have been declining. Factors...

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