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Australia bans endosulfan - The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has banned endosulfan. The APVMA cancelled three active ingredient approvals held by Excel Industries, Farmoz and Imtrade Australi, effective from Oct. 11, and granted a two-year phase-out for the sale and use of five end-use products. The decision was based on a report from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPC) indicating that endosulfan poses risks to aquatic organisms from spray drift and runoff. The DSEWPC also found that endosulfan is a persistent, bioaccumulative chemical with potential for transport over long distances. It advised the APVMA that these risks could not be mitigated through use restrictions or variations to label instructions.

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