Buprofezin food crop ban expected soon

A potentially carcinogenic pesticide is likely to be banned on food crops across the EU from the end of the year, although there will be a grace period

Buprofezin is an insecticide used on lettuce, tomatoes and citrus fruit. Photograph: 123RFAn EU ban on using a potentially carcinogenic pesticide on food crops is likely to come into force by the end of the year, ENDS has learned.

Hans Muilerman, chemicals coordinator for NGO PAN Europe, said a draft document banning buprofezin was agreed by member state experts in the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed in October. It now needs to be sent to the World Trade Organization so other states can comment on it.

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