MEPs Call for Fast-Track Approval of Low-Risk Pesticides

78935951-a37c-4aa7-8e61-86adbd565d2farticleimage.jpg

16 Feb 2017 --- Low-risk biological pesticides, including those made from bio-organisms, pheromones or essential oils, could replace conventional ones that are suspected of harming the environment and human health. MEPs are wondering why some member states hesitate or refuse to approve them and want the EU Commission to propose a revision of the rules to accelerate the approval process.

In a resolution voted on Wednesday 15th February, MEPs note that the use of conventional plant protection products is increasingly subject to public debate, due to the potential risks that they pose for human health, animals and the environment. Yet only seven active substances classified as “low risk” alternatives have been approved for use in the Union. 

MEPs point out that pesticide residues can be found in soil, water, and certain agricultural products. They say low-risk plant protection products may constitute a viable alternative and could contribute to more sustainable agriculture, in particular products of biological origin.

Moreover, some EU member states have refused to authorise these low-risk alternatives, owing to their perceived lower efficacy, without taking account either of their resource efficiency benefits for organic farming or of the environmental and health costs of other products.

MEPs call on the Commission to propose draft legislation before the end of 2018 in order to fast-track the evaluation, authorisation and registration of low-risk pesticides.

Related Articles

Business News

The UK-EU “Divorce” Begins as Article 50 is Invoked

29 Mar 2017 --- As British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 starting the formal process of the UK leaving the European Union, senior MP and former leader of the British Conservative Party, Iain Duncan Smith, is calling for a total overhaul of EU regulations before the next General Election.

 

Food Ingredients News

Nestlé Rolls Out New Reduced-Sugar Kit Kats With More Cocoa and Milk

29 Mar 2017 --- New versions of one of Nestle’s iconic confectionery brands Kit Kat have been launched with 10% less sugar and more cocoa and milk. 

Food Ingredients News

Coca-Cola Expands Ready-To-Drink Beverage Portfolio

29 Mar 2017 --- The Coca-Cola Company, together with its bottlers in Latin America, have announced the closing of the acquisition of Unilever’s AdeS plant-based beverage business. The Coca-Cola Company is now the sole owner of the AdeS brand.

Food Ingredients News

Tetra Pak Responds to Market Growth with Online Coconut Handbook

29 Mar 2017 --- With global demand for coconut-based products racing ever higher, Tetra Pak has launched an online version of its acclaimed Coconut Handbook.

Business News

Symrise Supports Madagascar Cyclone Victims

29 Mar 2017 --- Recently, cyclone Enawo wreaked havoc in Madagascar, with the huge losses occurring in the northern region of Sava. Homes and the country’s infrastructure have been especially hard hit by the consequences. Many homes of local Symrise employees were destroyed and local vanilla farmers and villages were severely impacted. Production facilities and warehouses are intact. Symrise is giving financial as well as on site support for rebuilding efforts in the region. 

More Articles