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Preliminary Risk Assessment Indicates Imidacloprid May Have A Negative Effect On Honey Bees

Monday, March 7, 2016  
Posted by: Dr. James Calkins

As part of an ongoing registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA/EPA) has released a preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid (N-{1-[(6-Chloro-3-pyridyl)methyl]-4,5-dihydroimidazol-2-yl}nitramide). Imidacloprid was initially approved for use in the United States by the USEPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in 1994. With the goal of ensuring that registered pesticides do not present an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment when used as directed on the product label, the USEPA has initiated a pesticide registration review program designed to reassess registered pesticides every 15 years to determine whether they continue to meet FIFRA standards for registration based on the most recent scientific data and other information. Read full article.

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