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Reviews of Dimethoate and Fenthion are ongoing

22 October 2010

The APVMA has received calls from concerned growers who have been informed that the use of dimethoate and fenthion for post harvest dipping for fruit fly control will be cancelled by the APVMA in November 2010.

This is incorrect.

Reviews of both dimethoate and fenthion are ongoing. The reviews are considering whether the use of these chemicals for their registered purposes pose a risk to human health, the environment and/or trade. Depending on the outcome of the review assessments, the APVMA may make changes to some dimethoate and/or fenthion uses. However, no proposals have been formulated as yet. 

When the APVMA completes the preliminary review of these chemicals, it will release a report (Preliminary Review Findings) for public consultation. Growers will be given time to comment on the APVMA’s findings and proposed regulatory actions that may affect them.

The APVMA understands that any changes to existing dimethoate and fenthion uses for fruit fly control could have a significant impact throughout Australia, affecting the whole fresh fruit supply chain. We therefore undertake to widely communicate the release of the preliminary review reports, including issuing a media release. 

State government agencies, farming and commodity groups are involved in a national response plan which is working to develop viable alternatives should there be changes to the use of these chemicals in Australia.

Growers should contact their commodity association to receive the latest news on these reviews.

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Last updated on 22 October, 2011