Possible UK Derogation on the use of a neonicotinoid on oil seed rape
To BBKA Members:
You may have read in the press or been contacted and requested to sign a petition concerning an application made by Syngenta to obtain derogation from the UK government to enable them to use their active substance (thiamethoxam) on oil seed rape. This had been reported as the UK government seeking to break the EU wide ban on the use of neonicotinoids.
We understand that the company made an application for a limited use of the product because of problems in the control of flea beetle on oil seed rape. Flea beetle is also resistant to pyrethroid insecticides which are an alternative choice to neonicotinoids for the control of flea beetle.
In order to obtain the derogation the company has to go through the specified regulatory process including the Chemicals Regulations Directorate, the Advisory Committee on Pesticides before Ministers consider granting permission.
We do not know the precise nature of the derogation being sought (for example it may be for limited geographical areas or there may be additional product stewardship requirements to be met).
We understand a number of other EU countries either have already granted derogations or are considering applications for derogation.
We will communicate further information as soon as we receive it.
Chair BBKA Technical and Environmental Committee
26 June 2014
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