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European Commission fails to reach majority in neonicotinoids vote

March 18, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

The European Commission says that “no qualified majority was reached” in a vote by member states concerning the possible ban of three neonicotinoids: clothanidin and imidacloprid, both Bayer CropScience products; and thiametoxam, which is produced by Syngenta, for allegedly harming the health of honeybees. The vote was in response to the publication on 16 January by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of a report that identified “high acute risks” for bees when exposed to dust in several crops.   The commission, while not...

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