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Australia confirms dichlorvos restrictions

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has banned certain uses of the organophosphate insecticide dichlorvos, due to health and environmental concerns. It has also placed restrictions on other uses. The moves are in line with the APVMA's preliminary review findings in 2008. The APVMA has confirmed its recommendation to remove use on mushrooms, potatoes and glasshouse-grown food crops from product labels because of lack of residue data. Use on avocados must end because of concerns over operator exposure. It has also banned various application methods because of operator concerns, such as fogging, surface sprays, and crack and crevice treatments.

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