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Public comment sought on initial findings of 1080 review

Media release 05/02 23 May 2005

The national regulator of pesticides and veterinary medicines, the APVMA, has today released the initial findings of its review of 1080. They are contained in a draft report that is now available for public comment.

The review is recommending the strengthening of label instructions and controls on the use of 1080 to provide a greater margin of safety to minimise off-target species damage.

APVMA Principal Scientist, Dr David Loschke, said that the review is based on a comprehensive assessment by experts of a large number of scientific studies as well as field observations and reports. The review was undertaken to address concerns over unintended effects on the environment through the poisoning of non-target animals.

‘The review recommends a range of improvements to current practices to better protect non-target animals’, Dr Loschke said.

‘Protection of Australia’s diverse environment is a priority for the APVMA’, he said.

The initial review findings have highlighted that, with certain improvements, the APVMA can be satisfied that the continued use of 1080 is safe for the environment.

Sodium monofluoracetate, known as 1080, is used for the control of feral animals including rabbits, foxes, wild dogs and pigs, and, in limited situations, native animals. Its use in controlling feral animals such as foxes plays an important role in protection of native animal species.

Public comment is now being sought on the preliminary review findings for 1080. Comments must be received by the APVMA by 31 August 2005. Com

Coments should be sent to chemicalreview@apvma.gov.au.

Details of the preliminary review findings and recommendations outlining the future regulatory framework for the use of 1080 are detailed in the report ‘Reconsideration of registration of products containing sodium fluoroacetate (1080) and their associated labels’ that can be found on the APVMA website www.apvma.gov.au.

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