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EFSA concludes risk assessment of disodium phosphonate

9:42 AM MDT | June 3, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) says it has concluded a peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of disodium phosphonate. The substance had been proposed for spray application in vineyards for the control of downy mildew on grapes. The acute, short-term—only birds—and long-term risks to insectivorous birds and herbivorous mammals have been assessed as low. A low risk was also identified for fish, aquatic invertebrates, algae, and sediment-dwelling species. The risk to honeybees was assessed to be low. A low acute-risk was...

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