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Xerces Society Update: February 2017 (#3)

The EPA requires that labels for clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam products, designed for foliar application, include an "infographic" and warning about the risk to pollinators. Other products containing these chemicals that are applied via soil drench, basal bark spray, or trunk injection do not require a warning. Due to the systemic nature as well as the persistence of these chemicals, all products containing a neonicotinoid, regardless of the application method, should contain the pollinator warning. Furthermore, the infographic's icon of a bee must be revised in order to clearly express that bees are at risk. The existing icon is a healthy bee, which is misleading.
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