European Food Safety Authority report finds insecticide fipronil poses high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize; conclusions include risk from dust drift
May 27, 2013
– The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize, EFSA has concluded in a report requested by the European Commission. EFSA was asked to perform a risk assessment of fipronil, paying particular regard to the acute and chronic effects on colony survival and development and the effects of sublethal doses on bee mortality and behaviour.
EFSA’s pesticide risk assessment experts examined the potential risk to bees from the active substance through a number of exposure routes. They concluded the following:
In January 2013, EFSA published risk assessments examining the effects on bees of the neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.
Conclusion on the peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for bees for the active substance fipronil
Notes to editors: