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Source: European Parliament

At a recent meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, the new active substance Pydiflumetofen was placed on the agenda.

This substance is extremely persistent: it takes 8 540 days for half of it to be degraded. As persistence is only assessed in conjunction with bioaccumulation, there is a risk that this toxin may be approved under the current authorisation criteria laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

Research, including by EFSA  (1) , shows that the use of this substance results in rising concentrations in soil. Even after 100 years the concentration will continue to increase.

Does the Commission agree that there is a significant risk that new scientific evidence will show that this substance is far more toxic even than currently assumed and that its persistence will be a major problem, as its accumulation will irreversibly pollute the environment? If not, why not?

Does the Commission agree that the authorisation of such a persistent active substance is incompatible with the precautionary principle? If not, why not?

Will the Commission submit a proposal for denial of authorisation for Pydiflumetofen to the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed? If not, why not?

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