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Taking action on pesticides

We have prohibited the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been linked to bee declines, on our own-brand fresh and frozen produce since 2009. These are clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, fipronil, nitenpyram and thiamethoxam. In 2010, in light of evidence that two of the initially prohibited neonicotinoids (acetamiprid and thiacloprid) are lower risk to bees, they have been moved from prohibited to monitored status in our Pesticides Policy.

We have also funded research into the impact of neonicotinoids on bees and called for the UK Government to carry out a systematic review of the impact of pesticides on pollinators.

Following publication of an increasing number of peer reviewed research papers in respected journals and a report about the impact of neonicotinoids on bees from the European Food Safety Agency, the European Commission (EC) imposed a ban on four neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam and fipronil) in December 2013.