Friday, 20 December 2013

Bee pesticides may 'harm developing brains of unborn babies'

Controversial pesticides linked to declines in bee populations may harm the developing brains of unborn babies, experts at the European Food Safety Authority ruled on Tuesday. They want maximum exposure limits to the chemicals cut while more research is carried out.

The experts found the chemicals "may adversely affect the development of neurons and brain structures associated with functions such as learning and memory," an EFSA statement said. "Some current guidance levels for acceptable exposure may not be protective enough to safeguard against developmental neurotoxicity and should be reduced."

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