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Endosulfan Monitoring 2007

January 2008

APVMA inspection of 14 retail outlets across Australia during 2006/2007 found a high level of compliance with requirements for supply of endosulfan products. 

Endosulfan products fall within the group of chemicals defined as Restricted Chemical Products and can only be supplied by an authorised person.

Retailers are required to comply with various conditions, in particular:

  • Prominently display Endosulfan User Notices at the point of sale.
  • Maintain documentary evidence that customers supplied with endosulfan products are authorised to acquire and use the product, and
  • Stock current approved labels and quarantine from sale any old stocks bearing obsolete labels.

Restrictions applied to endosulfan products are aimed at reducing spray drift, which will help to avoid contamination of meat as well as reducing potential effects on the environment, worker safety and public health.  

Identification of chemical residues in export beef as a result of spray drift or the feeding of treated cotton trash to cattle, led to products containing endosulfan being restricted to supply to, or use by authorised persons from 30 September 1999. Further changes were added in 2002.

APVMA inspectors will continue to advise retailers of the issues relevant to endosulfan products and monitor compliance with the requirements.

Information on retailer requirements to ensure compliance with the conditions applicable to endosulfan products can be found in the Endosulfan Supply Record (PDF, 63kb).

For enquiries about the supply of endosulfan products contact:

Compliance and Enforcement

  • Report non-compliance
  • Report unregistered products and unapproved active constituents
  • Discuss your compliance obligations

Phone: 1300 700 315

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