A new assurance scheme for the seed treatment industry, the European Seed Treatment Assurance scheme (ESTA), is now available in the UK through the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).
ESTA was devised by the European Seed Association (ESA) in response to the EU Directive (2010/21/EU) which requires insecticidal seed treatments to ‘only be performed in professional seed treatment facilities.’ The directive results from incidences of bee deaths in Germany, Austria and France, particularly associated with treated maize seed.
The ESTA scheme will be operated in the UK as part of the AIC’s Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC), which many seed companies already participate in. However, companies who are not in TASCC, and mobile operations, can also be audited.
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