Two insecticides a risk for human nervous system: EU
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union (EU) warned on Tuesday that two widely used insecticides, one of which has been implicated in catastrophic bee population decline, may pose a risk to human health by harming brain development.
The neonicotinoid insecticides acetamiprid and imidacloprid "may affect the developing human nervous system", the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said.
This marked the first time such a link has been made with the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, three of which the EU restricted earlier this year on concerns they were causing a dramatic fall in bee numbers and so threatened food crop pollination.
EFSA experts wanted "some guidance levels for acceptable exposure... to be lowered while further research is carried out to provide more reliable data on developmental neurotoxicity (DNT)", it said.