EU phase-out date for 2-naphthyloxyacetic acid
The European Commission has instructed EU member states to withdraw approvals for the plant growth regulator, 2-naphthyloxyacetic acid, by July 26th 2009. Existing stocks may be sold and used until July 26th 2010. The move follows the vote by the EU regulatory committee not to re-register the active ingredient, which was in the fourth round of the EU review of existing ais ( Agrow No 557, p 10). The assessment of the ai raised concerns over harmful effects on human health, the Commission says.