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Paraffin oils added to EU Annex I

The European Commission has confirmed the re-registration of four types of paraffin oils for use as insecticides and acaricides. The oils were cleared by EU Ministers earlier this year, overturning a previous Commission proposal to withdraw them due to lack of data ( Agrow No 571, p 12). The oils, types CAS 64742-46-7, 72623-86-0, 97862-82-3 and 8042-47-5, will be added to Annex I of the EU agrochemical registration Directive (91/414) on January 1st 2010. The approval is conditional on the notifying company submitting specification data by June 30th 2010 to confirm purity of the active ingredients. EU member states have until June 30th 2014 to re-register existing products containing these oils.

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