Pharmaceutical giant Bayer says it will appeal the recent verdict given by the General Court of the European Union banning neonicotinoids.
The company is concerned that the verdict of Case T-429/13, announced in May, “could have far-reaching consequences for the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the EU”.
By appealing against the verdict, Bayer says it wants ensure that some general interpretations of the crop protection law established by the court are re-considered.
In a statement the firm said: “These interpretations may have importance beyond this particular case, and Bayer believes they are not legally founded. Bayer wishes to underline that it respects the European legislative process and accepts the recent decision of the EU Member States to broadly restrict the use of certain neonicotinoids in agriculture.
“As a consequence, the company has withdrawn the clothianidin dossier from the ongoing renewal process.”
It added: “Bayer stands by the safety of its products – which have been approved by regulatory bodies around the globe – and reiterates the value that neonicotinoids have for farmers in managing pests effectively.”