EU sets phase-out date for benfuracarb:
The European Commission has instructed EU member states to withdraw approvals for the insecticide, benfuracarb, by March 20th 2008. Existing stocks can be used until March 20th 2009. The move follows the EU regulatory committee's vote not to re-register benfuracarb, which was in the second round of the EU review of existing active ingredients (Agrow No 519, p 9). The Commission notes that the evaluation raised concerns about: consumer exposure to the metabolite, carbofuran; ground water contamination risks; and risks to non-target organisms. Belgium was rapporteur member state for the ai, which was supported through the review by Otsuka Chemical.