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EFSA finds chlorpyrifos does not meet criteria for renewal


The pesticide chlorpyrifos could be banned in Europe from next year after the European Food Safety Authority said it does not meet criteria for renewal.

The approval period for the substance expires at the end of January 2020. The approval criteria are set in Article 4 of European regulation number 1107/2009. Chlorpyrifos is used to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on crops, including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, and walnuts.

The manufacturers’ application for renewal is being evaluated under the EU’s system for approval of pesticides. Although this process is not yet complete, the European Commission asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a statement on results of the human health assessment.

EFSA identified concerns about possible genotoxic and neurological effects during development, supported by epidemiological data indicating issues in children. This means no safe exposure level ­can be set for the substance.

Renewal of approval of chlorpyrifos is being driven by Dow AgroSciences, Adama Agriculture B.V. and Sapec Agro SA.

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