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Endosulfan audits commence in NSW and Queensland coastal areas

NRA00/3 18 February 2000

Sellers and users of the pesticide endosulfan in the coastal areas of northern NSW and southern Queensland will be audited as part of ongoing work to ensure compliance with tough new requirements introduced last year.

National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA) inspectors and NSW and Queensland control-of-chemical-use officers will begin the audits next week (from Monday 21 February) to ensure compliance with the new legislative requirements that came into effect on 1 October 1999. Endosulfan is mostly used on tropical fruit crops in these areas.

NRA inspectors will audit Endosulfan resellers on the coastal areas of northern NSW and southern Queensland. They also will work with officers from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI) and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to audit Endosulfan users and spray contractors.

"Monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the new requirements was one of the key outcomes of the NRA's review of Endosulfan last year," the NRA's Head of Surveillance and Enforcement, Mr Stephen McDonald, said.

The audits follow an intense round of reseller and user audits in the major cotton growing areas of NSW and QLD earlier this summer.

Of particular interest to the inspectors will be that :

  • Endosulfan has been supplied only to users with ChemCert (Farmcare) certification or a State authorised chemical applicator's license;
  • Sales records are correct, including verification that each purchaser holds acceptable accreditation and a certificate number;
  • An Endosulfan users' notice is displayed at the point of sale; and
  • All Endosulfan products carry the new label approved by the NRA.

"These requirements are just part of the new safeguards put in place to ensure Endosulfan doesn't adversely affect workers, the environment or Australia's trade," said Mr McDonald.

"Extensive audits have been conducted in the cotton growing areas but all users of Endosulfan products must follow the new label directions. Unless there is significant commitment to follow the new directions, further control measures on Endosulfan use will be needed."