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BVL orders suspension of authorisation for seed disinfectants

On 15 May 2008 the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) ordered the immediate suspension, in accordance with § 80 (2) sentence 1 No. 4 VwGO (ruling by the administrative courts), of the following seed disinfectants as a result of new findings from the latest calculations in the authorisation procedure.

  • Antarc, BVL authorisation number 4674-00
  • Chinook, BVL authorisation number 4672-00
  • Cruiser 350 FS, BVL authorisation number 4914-00
  • Cruiser OSR, BVL authorisation number 4922-00
  • Elado, BVL authorisation number 5849-00
  • Faibel, BVL authorisation number 4704-00
  • Mesurol liquid, BVL authorisation number 3599-00
  • Poncho, BVL authorisation number 5272-00

The background to this decision which was taken following a detailed investigation of the current situation is the damage to honeybees in South-West Germany. The BVL’s task was to examine to what extent the reported bee poisoning is connected with the use of seeds treated with plant protection products. The examination showed that the use of seeds treated with insecticides which are applied by pneumatic seeding machines of a certain construction causes higher bee exposure than the authorisation procedure has shown up to now.

New risk assessments carried out due to the bee damage which take the increased exposure into consideration show that it is probably not possible to exclude an unacceptable impact on bees due to such exposure. In conjunction with this, the guarantee of operator protection for the uses stated will, amongst other factors, be examined.

Due to these new findings, a suspension of authorisation pending further notice is ordered for precautionary reasons to avoid further bee damage and to clarify the connections for definite as well as further possible effects on the environment.

The plant protection offices responsible for providing agricultural advice in the federal states were also informed immediately to be able to pass on the corresponding information to operators.

Background to suspending an authorisation

The suspension of the authorisations stated means that further imports, placing on the market and further use of the plant protection products concerned are excluded. The same applies, according to paragraph 16e (2) PflSchG (German Plant Protection Act), to plant protection products which require a parallel import permit which refers to one of the authorisations mentioned above.
Publication date: 16.05.2008

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