European Union Top Court Upholds Ban on Bayer Pesticides

The European Union’s (EU) top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides as they were linked to harming bees.

According to the rules of the court, there were three active substances found on the pesticides — imidacloprid which was developed by Bayer CropScience, clothianidin developed by Takeda Chemical Industries, and Bayer CropScience, including Syngenta’s thiamethoxam.

A Bayer spokesperson said it was disappointed by the verdict and insisted that the product was safe and was continued to be used in other regions with appropriate risk mitigation measures applied.

“The verdict seems to allow the (European) Commission almost carte blanche to review existing approvals upon the slightest evidence, which need not even be new scientific data,” the spokesperson said.

Bayer further said that there was insufficient new scientific knowledge to justify the restrictions.

The EU’s top court dismissed that appeal and ordered Bayer to bear its costs and those of other parties.

Bayer and ChemChina-owned Syngenta warned that banning the insecticides would mean farmers reverting to “older chemicals and spraying more.”

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