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France Ban Syngenta Pesticide, Appeal Expected

04 July 2012

FRANCE - The government of France has banned the use of a pesticide linked to the decline of bees that is widely used to treat oilseed rape crops.

The Cruiser OSR pesticide, owned by Syngenta, has been withdrawn by the French Ministry of Agriculture, banning the use of the insecticide on oilseed rape throughout France.

French agricultural minister Stephane Le Foll announced the ban, citing the risks posed to bees by the pesticide.

This follows the publication of two studies outlining the link between neonicotinoids and the declining honey bee population.

Syngenta are expected to appeal the decision, claiming the product is safe to use.

Growers elsewhere are not affected by the ban and can continue to use Cruiser as normal.

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