Syngenta takes legal action against EU insecticide ban

ZURICH Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:00am EDT

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ZURICH Aug 27 (Reuters) - Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta said on Tuesday it had submitted a legal challenge to the European Commission's decision to suspend the use of a pesticide on crops pollinated by bees.

Thiamethoxam, which belongs to a group of widely-used insecticides known as neonicotinoids, is the active ingredient in Syngenta's Cruiser seed treatments.

The European Union said in April it would ban three of the world's most widely-used pesticides for two years because of fears they are linked to a plunge in the population of bees critical to the production of crops.

Syngenta said the commission took the decision on the basis of a flawed process, an inaccurate and incomplete assessment by the European Food Safety Authority and without the full support of EU member states. (Reporting by Alice Baghdjian; Editing by David Cowell)