May 27, 2013
EFSA has released a new scientific opinion: Fipronil as well, when used in seed treatment, poses a high risk on bees.
The review issued by EFSA under the request of the European Commission, on BASF's Fipronil systemic insecticide, leaves no doubts: the molecule - in all its authorized uses - has an unacceptable impact on bees. Whether there is no evidence that demonstrates the opposite, that is to be safe for bees.
This scientific opinion is to be looked at together with the one issued on the 15th of January 2013, regarding the three neonicotinoid insecticides most used globally. Once again it is confirmed what claimed for years both from independent researchers and beekeepers.
Read also: Le Monde - EFSA Press release - EFSA Scientific Opinion on Fipronil