Carbofuran Regulations Revoked
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revoked regulations that permitted small residues of the pesticide carbofuran in food. Carbofuran is a toxic insecticide that does not meet current U.S. food safety standards. The EPA’s action will eliminate residues of carbofuran in food, including all imports. Ultimately, the EPA will remove this pesticide from the market.

The EPA is proceeding to cancel the remaining carbofuran registrations, or licenses, which will address risks to pesticide applicators and birds in treated fields. In 2006, EPA identified significant dietary, ecological and worker risks from the use of carbofuran and concluded that all uses must be cancelled. While FMC Corp. voluntarily withdrew 22 uses of this pesticide, it was insufficient for the agency to conclude that dietary exposures to carbofuran are safe.

The final carbofuran tolerance rule becomes effective in December 2009. The EPA encourages growers to switch to safer pesticides or other environmentally preferable pest control strategies.

Carbofuran is used on a small percentage of the U.S. food supply, and the EPA’s action is focused on promoting greater food safety.

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Syngenta Announces Multiple California Registrations
Syngenta Crop Protection announced today registration by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) of Voliam Xpress insecticide. Voliam Xpress is approved for use on head and leaf lettuce, fruiting vegetables, head and stem brassicas and cucurbit vegetables.

The CDPR also approved Voliam Flexi insecticide for use on potatoes, pome fruit, stone fruit and grapes.

Finally, the CDPR also approved Durivo insecticide for use in vegetable crops, including leafy and fruiting vegetables, brassicas and cucurbits.

State registrations or specific crop and/or pest uses may still be pending in certain other states. Please check with your state regulatory agency to determine registration status.

Rimon Insecticide Receives California Section 18 Approval for Lygus Control on Strawberries
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted a specific exemption to allow the use of Rimon 0.83 EC Insecticide to control lygus bugs on strawberries in the California counties of Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.

The exemption was granted under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and is allowed through November 12, 2009.

Rimon, marketed by Chemtura Corp., is an insect growth regulator that impedes the development of immature insects at molting. It provides control of lygus, while preserving predatory mites.

EPA Announcements
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has made several control product announcements.

A new regulation amends the temporary exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 (A. flavus AF36) on pistachio when applied/used as an antifungal agent to displace aflatoxin-producing fungi. The amendment extends the expiration date to December 31, 2011.

EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0158. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before August 3, 2009.

Contact Shanaz Bacchus, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, at 703-308-8097 or

The EPA also announced that it is strengthening safety measures for soil fumigant pesticides. The safety measures will reduce fumigant exposures to bystanders—people who live, work, attend school, or spend time near agricultural fields that are fumigated—and increase overall safety of fumigant use by requiring greater planning and compliance.

Adjustments to the 2008 proposal have been made based upon new scientific data and improved information on certain technological capabilities. EPA will continue to work with state agencies, growers, farm workers, and public health officials to achieve the new protections while minimizing costs and burdens on growers. The measures will be implemented starting in the 2010 and 2011 growing seasons.

Fumigants are used on a wide range of crops, primarily potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots and peppers. The soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium, metam potassium and iodomethane are all subject to the new requirements.

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Arysta LifeScience Enters Licensing Agreement for BugOil
Arysta LifeScience Corp. signed a 20-year licensing agreement with Plant Impact for the exclusive rights to manufacture, market and sell BugOil insecticide. Developed by Plant Impact, BugOil controls mites and whiteflies in a formulation based on natural products.

Arysta LifeScience and Plant Impact are working together to achieve registration in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East.

Arysta LifeScience and Plant Impact also are in discussions regarding access to distribution and potential licensing rights for certain plant nutrient technologies and products owned by Plant Impact. Further announcements on these discussions are anticipated later in 2009.