The British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) sent in requests for an exemption on the ban of ‘Poncho Beta’ and ‘Cruiser SB’ products, which provide protection against pests and viruses.
Based on scientific advice, the applications were found to only meet two of the three requirements for exemption. The requirements the neonicotinoids met were ‘the case for need’ and the ‘limited and controlled use’ of the product. It wasn’t proven to meet the final requirement – ‘risks to people and the environment’ – as it was said to be a potential risk to bees, birds and aquatic insects.
The government said for future applications to be successful, additional evidence would be needed.
The EU has banned Clothianidin, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam for sale from September and use from 19 December.