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Chinese quality checks OK 88% of pesticides

The third and final round of pesticide control spot checks conducted by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture in 2010 found 88% of Chinese pesticide products to have met stipulated quality standards. The data were released by the Ministry last month.

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Spain grants new 1,3-D 120-day approval

Spain has granted an exceptional use authorisation for the fumigant, 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D), as a soil disinfectant prior to planting of horticultural plants, strawberry beds, cut flowers and potatoes. The registration runs from July 1st until October 31st. Spain granted a similar approval for the active ingredient earlier this year until the end of June for use on grapevines, vegetables, strawberries, tobacco and cut flowers ( Agrow No 587, p 27). In 2006, the European Commission set a phase-out date for 1,3-D for March 20th 2009, but included an option to extend its use beyond that as an alternative to the ozone-depleting fumigant, methyl bromide. Spain was rapporteur member state and supported its use.

Policy & Regulation Fungicides

US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) warns of risks to workers from 2,4-DCP (dichlorophenol):

The US EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have issued a chemical advisory over the risks to chemical plant workers from exposure to the heated liquid form of 2,4-dichlorophenol. Exposure to the chemical, which is used as a herbicide feedstock, can cause rapid collapse and death. The Agency sent out warning letters about this risk last year after the investigation of two fatalities in 1998 and 1992.

Policy & Regulation Herbicides & PGRs

PUBLICATIONS - Boom & Fruit Sprayers Handbook and Hand-Held & Amenity Sprayers Handbook:

The British Crop Protection Council's application handbooks on boom sprayers and hand-operated sprayers have now been completely revised to include new procedures, recent legislation and new application techniques and technology. The Boom & Fruit Sprayers Handbook and Hand-Held & Amenity Sprayers Handbook each cost £8.50. They are available from: BCPC Publication Sales, Bear Farm, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 5QE, UK. Tel: +44 118 934 2727. Fax: +44 118 934 1998. E-mail: publications@bcpc.org. Internet: http://www.bcpc.org.

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Amvac completes Fortress purchase

American Vanguard's subsidiary, Amvac Chemical, has completed the purchase of DuPont's organophosphate corn rootworm insecticide, Fortress (chlorethoxyfos). A number of agreements over the sale have been concluded following negotiations at the end of last year (Agrow No 343, p 2). Amvac already has its sales team in place and has begun selling Fortress as an Amvac branded product for the 2000 season.

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