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France moves on revoking Cruiser OSR approval

The French Ministry of Agriculture has indicated to Syngenta that it is considering the withdrawal of the company’s seed treatment, Cruiser OSR (thiamethoxam 280 g/litre + fludioxonil 8 g/litre + metalaxyl-M 32.3 g/litre). The Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, has provided a 15-day notice period to the company to respond to the findings of the national agency for health security, the Anses, on the impact of the insecticide, thiamethoxam, in seed treatments for oilseed rape on the behaviour of bees. In March, the Ministry launched a reassessment of its authorisation for Cruiser OSR and asked the Anses to provide an opinion by May 31st ( Agrow No 637, p 11). The reassessment was initiated in light of a study released by the journal, Science, that modelled the effects of the behaviour of foraging bees under low-dose laboratory administration of thiamethoxam ( Agrow No 637, p 22).


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