Australia to OK pesticide oils
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) proposes to add rosemary oil and cedar oil to the list of pesticide active ingredients not requiring evaluation. Rosemary oil, which is extracted from Rosmarinum officinalis, is "not toxicologically significant to humans" and is listed by the US EPA under minimum risk exemptions, the APVMA notes. Cedar oil is extracted from the Cupressaceae family, which includes true cedars, junipers and cypresses. Products containing cedar oil are approved as repellents in the US. A non-toxic mode of action has been confirmed and risk assessments have accounted for the potential hazards posed by each use, the Authority states. The decisions are open to public comment until May 19th.