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Georgina
10:34AM, 31 Dec 2009
Answer: Dear Georgina, Confidor Garden Insecticide is r...
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10:34AM, 31 Dec 2009
Adrian
Why are you still selling Confidor,containing neonics, detrimental to pollinators, and banned in the EU?

Submitted: 01:16PM, 29 Dec 2014
Answer: Dear Adrian

Thank you for your enquiry and your understandable concern.

There have been many worries, particularly in Europe and the US, about bee health and whether the group of insecticides called neonicotinoids, of which Confidor is one, are causing problems for bees. 

In order to address these concerns the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority conducted a comprehensive review of the use of these chemicals and their possible effect on bee health in Australia and came to the broad conclusion that, if anything, the use of these chemicals has reduced potential risks to the environment. 

Of course like most insecticides, neonicotinoids can cause damage to bees (which are insects) which is why any garden chemical should be used strictly in accordance with the instructions.

You’ll find the APVMA response summarised here in a report coordinated by Plant Health Australiahttp://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/experts-come-together-to-consider-pesticide-risks-to-honey-bees/ 

This is in the special part of our website that is devoted to bee health, including some useful hints and guidelines about protecting and maintaining the bee population in your garden.http://www.yates.com.au/healthy-gardens-need-healthy-bees/ 

We hope this information will allay your concerns and we thank you for getting in touch with us. 

Answered: 09:32AM, 31 Dec 2014

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