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EU withdraws agchem uses of tolylfluanid

The European Commission has confirmed that the fungicide, tolylfluanid, will be removed from Annex I of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414) on June 1st 2010, following agreement by the EU regulatory committee in January ( Agrow No 585, p 10). EU member states must withdraw tolylfluanid-based product approvals by November 30th 2010. Existing stocks can be sold and used until May 31st 2011. The Commission placed restrictions on the use of the active ingredient in 2007 to prevent contamination of water supplies by the formation of nitrosamines. Further data was submitted by Bayer CropScience in 2007, but the concerns could not be eliminated, the Commission says. Bayer decided in 2008 to discontinue tolylfluanid-based products globally ( Agrow ibid). Tolylfluanid is still approved under the EU biocidal products Directive (98/8) as a wood preservative, supported by Lanxess.

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