Pesticide issues in the works: Bee Die-Off in Germany Unrelated to CCD
Current as of July 2011
The EPA has received a number of inquiries about recent bee deaths in Germany and whether this incident might be related to CCD. In May 2008, a large number of bees died unexpectedly in Germany. According to the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, this incident resulted from a combination of factors, including the specific formulation of the pesticide used, weather conditions, and type of application equipment.
Although we believe that this incident is not related to CCD, we are examining our practices with respect to label requirements for seed treatment pesticides and will revise them as necessary to prevent the types of exposure that led to the bee deaths in Germany. For more information see EPA Acts to Protect Bees (updated July 2011).