EU Eyes Plan to Protect Bees
Thu Jan 31, 2013 09:32 AM CST

BRUSSELS (Dow Jones) -- The European Union on Thursday proposed to ban for at least two years some uses of three insecticides suspected of harming honey bees.

The proposal by the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, comes in response to a report from the European Food and Safety Authority that found three insecticides -- clothianidin and imidacloprid, which are made primarily by Bayer AG, and thiamethoxam, which is made by Syngenta AG -- pose risks to bees through contaminated dust and pesticide residues on nectar and pollen. The chemicals are from a family of insecticides called neonicotinoids that some ...

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