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Final Component of Chlorpyrifos Review Released

3 September 2009

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has released the final component of its review of the insecticide chlorpyrifos.

The new report released - Reconsideration of Registrations and Approvals associated with chlorpyrifos - Preliminary Review Findings Report (2009) (PDF, 910kb) - contains an assessment of new residue data the APVMA required from product registrants in 2000.

Having now assessed that data, the APVMA is proposing to:

  • amend maximum residue limits  for various commodities;
  • further restrict or remove its use from some crops:
  • amend label instructions, including withholding periods; and
  • amend associated export intervals on commodities to protect our trade with major trading partners.

The APVMA invited public comment on the new report until Friday 30 October.

Chlorpyrifos is a broad spectrum, non-systemic oganophosphorus chemical first introduced into Australia in the mid 1960s.

In Australian agriculture it is registered to control a broad range of insect pests in many crops. Around the home, it is also permitted as an insecticide and termiticide.

The APVMA’s review of chlorpyrifos was substantially completed in 2000.  A range of regulatory measures was introduced to limit home and garden uses.  Label restrictions on other chlorpyrifos products were also introduced to protect human health, birds and fish.

For further information, contact:

Media Inquiries

Phone: +61 2 6210 4812
Mobile: +61 467 726 486
Email: media@apvma.gov.au

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