"EPA Debuts Bee-Protective Pesticide Labels, Enviros Demand More"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- To protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present. Environmentalists want the agency to take these pesticides off the market."

"'Multiple factors play a role in bee colony declines, including pesticides. The Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to protect bees from pesticide exposure and these label changes will further our efforts,' said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

This new bee hazard icon will appear on neonicotinoid pesticides (Image courtesy EPA)

The new labels will have a bee advisory box and bee hazard icon with information on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions."

Environment News Service had the story August 16, 2013.

Source: ENS, 08/19/2013