Chennai, June 3, 2012: A Reuters report in Yahoo News dated June 1, 2012 says that France is going to ban the pesticide Cruiser OSR, used in that country to treat rapeseed crop. France's decision to withdraw permit to Syngenta, a Swiss agro-chemical group, based on a recent study that showed thiamethoxam, a chemical component in Cruiser OSR coould harm honey bee colonies. Syngenta is given a two-week period to submit its evidence on the safety of the pesticide to honey bees.
The ban will take effect before the next sowing season of rapeseed in late summer this year. Thiamethoxam is a neonicotinoid, like imidacloprid and chlothianidin, which were earlier banned in France. According to a Green Right Now news dated June 23, 2008, the country "has outlawed the use of the pesticide imidacloprid - which like clothianidin is classed as a 'nicotinoid'. Imdidacloprid has been linked to disoriented behavior in honey bees - and may help explain why many CCD cases result in abandoned hives."