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Endosulfan ban

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have this week moved to cancel the product registrations and label approvals of insecticide products containing endosulfan. This cancellation is effective from the 12th of October 2010. The APVMA have however implemented a two-year phase out period, during which existing stocks of endosulfan products will remain available for sale and use. For growers, this means endosulfan can still be purchased and applied in accordance with label instructions until the 12th of October 2012. After this, the possession, sale and use of endosulfan products will become an offence and appropriate compliance action will be enforced by the APVMA.

Endosulfan is an organochlorine compound, and has been the subject of significant controversy in recent years due to its toxicity and potential for bioaccumulation. Worldwide, endosulfan has already been banned in more than 60 countries prior to this decision being made. In Australia, endosulfan has been registered for use against a wide range of pests in numerous crop types. In grain crops, one of the most common uses has been as a bare earth spray for pests including redlegged earth mites.

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