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NRA to review registration of popular fox bait

NRA 01/10 4 December 2001

The current uses of the widely used fox bait 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) may have to change in the long term following an announcement today by the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (NRA).

NRA Executive Manager, Mr Peter Raphael said the decision to reconsider the registration of 1080 early next year had arisen due to increasing environmental concerns over the accidental poisoning of other animals.

'1080 is widely used in the control of animal pests, mainly the fox, and is administered in bait form. The death of native fauna and other non target species, such as domestic dogs, has been linked to direct consumption of the baits or the consumption of poisoned animals,' Mr Raphael said.

'Before the review begins next year the NRA will prepare a Review Scope Document, which is intended to increase both the transparency and efficiency of chemical review process. This document will pinpoint those factors critical in conducting the review. It will also outline the current use patterns of 1080, explain the reasons for the review and identify any gaps in the available information.'

'In order to complete this document, the NRA is seeking information on 1080 from users, industry groups and interested parties on chemical application, accidental poisonings and possible measures to minimise these risks. The Review Scope Document will be made available in early 2002 when the NRA formally announces the reconsideration of 1080,' Mr Raphael said.

'1080 is an important and effective tool for the control of animal pests and the key issue at hand is to ensure that baits are only taken by the target species (fox) and that only the required dose is applied,' Mr Raphael said.

Comments should be submitted to the NRA by COB 31 January 2002 by either email (chemrev@nra.gov.au) or by mail.

The NRA's chemical review program reconsiders the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the marketplace where potential risks to safety and performance have been identified.

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