[06 August/Food Navigator] The controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos does not meet criteria for the renewal of its EU approval, states the EFSA, and it is going to propose a ban on the insecticide to its member states. Chlorpyrifos is mostly used in fruits and vegetable and a study by EFSA reveals that it potentially has genotoxic effects as well as neurological effects during development. The insecticide has previously been linked to Parkinson’s Disease, Autism, decreasing the IQ of children, working memory loss and endocrine disruption. Since the insecticide was placed on the market in 2005, eight EU countries have already banned products containing it. According to the Pesticide Action Network Europe group, chlorpyrifos is among the top 1 active substances most frequently found in European unprocessed food and predominantly present in fruit, especially citrus.