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EU votes to remove approval for tolylfluanid

The EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has voted in favour of a proposal to remove the fungicide, tolylfluanid, from Annex I of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414). Bayer CropScience decided in 2008 to discontinue tolylfluanid-based products globally. The European Commission placed restrictions on the use of the active ingredient in 2007 to prevent contamination of ground water ( Agrow No 520, p 9). The move followed the discovery in Germany that the tolylfluanid metabolite, dimethylsulfamide, could be converted to the toxic substance, nitrosamine, when water supplies were processed. Tolylfluanid was originally added to Annex I in 2006 ( Agrow No 488, p 7). Last year, it gained approval under the EU biocidal products Directive (98/8) as a wood preservative ( Agrow No 582, p 9), supported by Lanxess.

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