Bentazone herbicide: MEPs to object to plans to renew EU authorisation
The EU authorisation for Bentazone herbicide, which expires on 30 June 2017, should not be renewed as its safety has yet to be confirmed, says a non-binding resolution to be voted on Wednesday. MEPs point out that Bentazone can easily leach directly into groundwater and is suspected to interfere with human reproduction.
The EU Commission has nonetheless proposed to renew Bentazone’s EU authorisation until 31 January 2032, the maximum period possible, while simultaneously requesting data confirming its safety.
The resolution therefore calls on the Commission to request and assess the relevant missing information before deciding to renew the authorisation.
The active substance Bentazone acts as a selective post-emergent herbicide against broadleaved weeds in a broad range of crops, and is commonly used in agriculture.
Procedure: non-legislative resolution
Vote: Wednesday, 23 November