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US EPA to OK Stockton's Timorex Gold

The US EPA proposes to register Israeli company Stockton's biofungicide, Timorex Gold, which is based on tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil. It is for the control of various diseases on a range of horticultural and agricultural crops including cereals, fruit and vegetables. A registration application was filed in 2009 by US consultancy Technology Sciences Group on behalf of Biomor Israel. An exemption from tolerances for residues of tea tree oil in all food commodities was sought, but the EPA determined that the data submitted were insufficient to support that request. Tea tree oil is composed primarily of various terpenes and associated alcohols that are found in the environment, but terpinen-4-ol is generally accepted to be the active component, the EPA notes. It has a long history of use in soaps and cosmetics. The proposed approval is subject to public comment until August 28th.

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