Australia confirms fenthion action
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has confirmed its decision to ban most uses of the organophosphate insecticide, fenthion, because of concerns over effects on human health and the environment. As proposed earlier this year, the only two products left on the market will be Bayer CropScience's Lebaycide Insecticide Spray and Amalgamated Pest Control's Amalgamated Pest Control Fenthion 1% Dust Insecticide. With effect from October 30th, when the current suspension expires, Lebaycid will not be permitted for use on any crops except as a post-harvest dipping or flood spray of tropical or sub-tropical fruit with inedible peel. The 1% dust product is no longer permitted for use in wall voids, crawl spaces and ceiling voids. First aid and safety directions for both products will be updated. The APVMA posted the decision in a Special Gazette on October 16th.