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Thiacloprid honey: European beekeepers oppose the raising of Maximum Residues Limits (continue...)

Recently, the Commission and EU member states agreed to raise the Maximum Residue Limit (MRL), for the pesticide thiacloprid in honey, to 0.2 mg/kg. As a direct result, bees, pollinators and people will be exposed to even higher concentrations of this neonicotinoid insecticide. In respect of bees, these increased levels of thiacloprid exceed those which produce toxic effects. Consequently, this action will damage biodiversity, by increasing the loss of bees and pollinators, indirectly affecting productivity in farming areas. It will also erode the iconic status of honey as: a healthy, nutritious, pesticide-free food.

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