EU approval for three basic substances
EU approval has been granted to three “basic substances” under agrochemical legislation. They are: lecithins, as a fungicide on fruit and vegetables; Salix spp cortex, to control fruit diseases; and vinegar, as a fungicide and bactericide in seed treatments. The authorisations commenced in July and have no expiry date as the substances have met the strict safety requirements required for basic substances. The applications were submitted by the French Institut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique (ITAB). Basic substances are considered useful in crop protection, but are not predominantly used as agrochemicals. The European Commission has also confirmed the decision not to approve ITAB’s application for Artemisia vulgaris as a basic substance. The evaluation identified risks to operators, workers, bystanders, consumers and non-target organisms.