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:

Alex Chalk Conservative, Cheltenham

"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."


George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

"Insecticides 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 on bees."



- 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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