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Australia suspends some 2,4-D registrations

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APMVA) has suspended certain registrations of the phenoxy herbicide, 2,4-D, and its ethyl hexyl ester. It follows the failure of registrants to supply data on whether the herbicide contained levels of dioxin posing unacceptable risks to human health or worker safety. The APVMA issued a notice in September 2013 requiring all 2,4-D active ingredient registrants to conduct tests on the levels of dioxin in the ai. It required those tests to be conducted by November 29th 2013. The APVMA did not receive data from four registrants (Agrogill Chemicals, Halley International Enterprise, Imtrade Australia and Runge Agrichems) and has suspended their registrations. The suspensions run until October 10th or until the Authority revokes them.

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