Australia continues dimethoate suspension
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has extended the suspension of the use of the organophosphate insecticide/acaricide, dimethoate, on many horticultural crops for another year. The APVMA imposed the suspension because of dietary risk concerns in October 2011 and extended it for 12 months last October (Agrow No 649, p 24). The latest extension runs until October 5th 2014. The Authority has revoked the suspension for certain dimethoate-based products to allow the approval of labels with instructions consistent with the October 2011 decision. The review of all dimethoate products is still ongoing and further changes to use instructions may be required prior to its completion, the APVMA points out.