Pirimiphos-methyl application methods restricted in EU
The European Commission has ruled that hand-held applications can no longer be authorised for the insecticide/acaricide, pirimiphos-methyl, in the EU. The decision follows the submission of further studies related to the operator exposure assessment, which were required as a condition of the active ingredient’s re-registration in 2007 for post-harvest storage ( Agrow No 527, p 9). Analysis of the studies showed that the risk to operators is not acceptable when hand-held equipment is used. EU member states must apply the new provision from November 1st 2011.