Did The UK Government Approve Sulfoxaflor Or Flupyradifurone?
You may be aware that despite further restrictions to 3 neonicotinoids,
the EU approved further next generation neonics. I call this a 'neonics sham ban' - I mean if this is 'real progress', I hate to think what 'failure' might look like.
That the EU approved next generation neonics is unfortunately less well known.
For people to be falsely reassured is not great. I think it potentially gives a false impression as to what has actually been achieved, and the integrity of the EU pesticide regulatory system.
Apparently, despite the EFSA investigation and report of 2012, the EU have learned very little.
Certainly, the restrictions to 3 neonics (ban on outdoor use, but still allowed in greenhouses) has received a lot of media attention (including social media coverage), whilst the approvals of next generation neonics by the EU have received comparatively little attention.
The UK Government has not, to date, approved Sulfoxaflor Or Flupyradifurone
As I write (August 2018) this is still correct - from Hansards:
"To ask the Secretary of State
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has
made an assessment of the effect on the bee population of using
Sulfoxaflor and Flupyradifurone as alternatives to Neonicotinoids."
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
are only permitted for use if scientific risk assessments find no
harmful effect on people and no unacceptable effects on the environment.
Assessment and decision making for active substances takes place at EU
level and sulfoxaflor and flupyradifurone were approved in 2015.
Products containing approved active substances can only be used if
authorised by the UK.
No authorisation has been given to date for any product containing
sulfoxaflor or flupyradifurone. The assessment of any application for
such a product would include full consideration of the potential effects
- Hansard source
(Citation: HC Deb, 25 January 2018, cW)
The US EPA Overturned An Earlier Approval Of Sulfoxaflor
Sulfoxaflor was initially approved and registered for use in the USA in 2013, but the approval was overturned November 2015.
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