Australia extends fenthion suspensions
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has extended the suspension of two fenthion-based insecticides for another year and banned use on two more crops. The APVMA suspended Bayer CropScience's Lebaycid Insecticide Spray (fenthion 550 g/litre) and its garden product, Lebaycid Fruit Fly & Insect Killer (fenthion 80 g/litre), in October 2012 because of acute dietary risks and insufficient residue data (Agrow No 652, p 17). The Authority has now barred use on peaches and apricots and changed the withholding period for use on nectarines and plums to 14 days. That follows an assessment of data submitted to the APVMA since last year's suspension. The revised suspension will be in effect until October 30th 2014.