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Common pesticide ‘to be banned in the EU’
Research has found that chlorothalonil and other fungicides are the strongest factor linked to serious bumblebee declines.
EU states voted for ban amid health and environmental concerns 

One of the UK’s most-used pesticides, chlorothalonil, is set to be banned in the EU amid concerns about human health and the environment, reports say.

EU states voted for a ban on the fungicide, which prevents mildew and mould on crops, following a review by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), according to a report in The Guardian.

Efsa said it could not exclude the possibility that the breakdown products of the chemical cause DNA damage, and a ‘high risk to amphibians and fish was identified for all representative uses’.

Recently, research also found chlorothalonil and other fungicides are the strongest factor linked to serious bumblebee declines.

A European commission spokeswoman is quoted by The Guardian as saying: “The [chlorothalonil ban] is based on Efsa’s scientific assessment which concluded that the approval criteria do not seem to be satisfied for a wide range of reasons.

“Great concerns are raised in relation to contamination of groundwater by metabolites of the substance.”

The spokeswoman is reported to have said the ban will be passed in late April or early May, coming into force three weeks later.

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Dogs Trust announces winners of vet student awards

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 Cambridge vet student James Jewkes has been awarded first place in the annual Dogs Trust EMS Awards, for his paper on the threat of exotic infectious diseases in rehoming centres. James will now go on a two-week placement at the WVS International Training Centre in South India.

Each year the awards allow vet students to gain hands-on experience during work placements at 13 of the charity’s rehoming centres, then submit reports on a relevant subject.  

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."