EU bans pesticides linked to brain damage

EU member state representatives have voted to ban two neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides following warnings from the European Food Safety Agency that they do not meet the criteria for having their licences renewed.

The substances in question, chlorpyrifos-ethyl and chlorpyrifos-methyl, are particularly widely used to protect citrus fruits from insects, with several southern European countries reported to have been opposed to the ban. 

Nevertheless, members of the Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) voted on Friday to approve a proposal from the European Commission not to renew either substance, which are classified as posing a risk to unborn children.

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