MINNEAPOLIS -The Minnesota Department of Agriculture revealed it is considering banning the use of neonicotinoids in the State, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper Oct. 29.

A revised outline revealed by the Ag Dept. published this week states that the range of state action could include "restrictions on or cancellation of products." The in-depth review will take more than six months.

"We wanted to make sure it was clear that it’s in our authority . and that that would be an option," Gregg Regimbal, an official with the department’s Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division, told the newpaper.

The Star Tribune reported that more than 400 citizens wrote the agency earlier this year with comments on the proposed review of a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids, which have been linked to bee deaths around the world.

The outcry included a letter submitted in May by 17 DFL legislators, who insisted that the department broaden the scope of its review. The 2013 Legislature called for the Agriculture Department to review the chemicals, and the group of 17 was irked that the agency’s initial outline didn’t mention the possibility of a ban or other restrictions.

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