Insecticides

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Conservative, Tewkesbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the use of Redigo Deter by farmers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Redigo Deter is a seed treatment for cereal crops which contains clothianidin, a neonicotinoid insecticide. It will cease to be authorised for use after 19 December this year. This is because all outdoor use of clothianidin and two other neonicotinoids is being prohibited. These restrictions are necessary in the light of growing evidence that all three neonicotinoids can harm pollinators.

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