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EFSA review of risk to bees from neonicotinoid technology is fundamentally flawed

  EFSA review of risk to bees from neonicotinoid technology is fundamentally
                                    flawed

PR Newswire

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 15, 2013

BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Syngenta today requested
that the European Commission retract its proposal to restrict the use of
neonicotinoid technology after revealing that the European Food Safety
Authority's (EFSA) report on the risks to bees from their use was
fundamentally flawed.

Syngenta submitted a response to the EFSA report in January. This showed that
EFSA failed to consider key information proving the safety of thiamethoxam
seed treatment for use on crops such as oilseed rape and sunflower.

Further review has now shown that EFSA based its assessment on unrealistic and
excessive seed planting rates between two and four times higher than would be
used under modern agricultural practice.

Had EFSA used normal sowing rates they would have concluded that the risk to
bees is extremely low and that in reality neonicotinoid technology does not
damage their health.

Syngenta's Chief Operating Officer, John Atkin, said: "The European Commission
has been using this flawed EFSA report to justify proposed restrictions on
this technology. These latest findings undermine the basis for such action,
which would bring considerable economic harm to growers and absolutely no
benefit to bees. The European Commission must halt the current process and
undertake a comprehensive review to identify the true risks to bee health."

Syngenta has written to all EU Member States and the European Commission to
inform them of these findings.

For more information on the bee health challenge go to www.plightofthebees.com

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employees in over 90countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant
potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to
our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment
and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please
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