BAYER CROPSCIENCE RESPONDS TO EFSA REPORTS ON NEONICOTINOIDS

     (The following press release from Bayer CropScience was received by 
e-mail. It was not confirmed by the sender.) 
EFSA reports do not change the validity of existing safety data:
Bayer CropScience remains convinced that neonicotinoids can be used safely and 
effectively in sustainable agriculture
The company is ready to engage further in dialogue 
Monheim, January 16, 2013 - Bayer CropScience is currently evaluating the 
reports published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 
neonicotinoids and bees today. The company is ready to work with the European 
Commission and Member States in order to take the necessary steps to develop 
pragmatic solutions to address the perceived data gaps which EFSA consider to 
be present. We proactively work on closing data gaps which arise and continue 
to be open to constructive dialogue with the competent regulatory authorities, 
in order to discuss all relevant points relating to the safety of our products. 
Bayer CropScience has generated extensive safety data for its 
neonicotinoid-containing crop protection products. These have been reviewed by 
the competent EU and Member State authorities who have confirmed the absence of 
any unacceptable risk by these products. We do not believe that the new EFSA 
reports alter the quality and validity of these risk assessments and the 
underlying studies. 
In reality, the main consensus reached when evaluating the scientific research 
in this area is that poor bee health and colony losses are caused by multiple 
factors, the parasitic Varroa mite being the key issue. We believe it is very 
important that any political decision relating to registrations of 
neonicotinoid-containing products, following the publication of the EFSA 
reports, should be based on clear scientific evidence of adverse effects of the 
affected products under "realistic conditions of use", including the extensive 
stewardship measures that are in place in the field, and should not be made 
ad-hoc or on the basis of an over-interpretation of the precautionary 
principle. 
Ultimately, it is important to ensure that European farmers continue to have 
access to crop protection products, such as those containing neonicotinoids, as 
key components in integrated pest management (IPM). Neonicotinoids are an 
important class of insecticides which underpin a farmer´s ability to grow 
safe, high-quality, affordable food in Europe.  
Bayer CropScience is strongly committed to supporting the responsible use of 
neonicotinoids and invests heavily in product stewardship and research 
activities to minimize any impact of these products on bees. 
About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health 
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of 
Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 
7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop 
science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural 
pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including 
high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and 
biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, 
sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer 
CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests 
from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global 
workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and 
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