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US presses ahead with methomyl restrictions

The US EPA is pressing ahead with the voluntary cancellation of certain uses of the carbamate insecticide, methomyl, along with other restrictions aimed at reducing dietary risks from drinking water exposure. The Agency received no public comments on its proposed cancellation of use on barley, oats and rye in November 2014 following a request from registrants. Other measures agreed with registrants included restricting use on wheat to three states, reducing the number of applications to maize, celery and lettuces, and lowering the number of applications and the maximum application rate to peppers. The measures are being phased in, the EPA notes. Manufacturers have also agreed to stop making and selling some fly bait products and to add information to labels that clarifies approved uses. The Agency believes that these changes will reduce the illegal use of methomyl fly bait products, which can kill wildlife. The EPA plans to issue a draft risk assessment for the active ingredient next year as part of the registration review process.

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