No. 12 Article 5/June 12, 2009

EPA Revokes All Tolerances for Carbofuran

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently revoked all tolerances for carbofuran. This insecticide, most commonly used across the Corn Belt as Furadan 4F, has recently gained interest among some producers as a refuge treatment for corn rootworm control. On occasion this formulation also has been used as a rescue treatment for corn rootworms. According to the Federal Register (May 15, 2009, Vol. 74, No. 93), the EPA has concluded "that the risk from aggregate exposure from the use of carbofuran does not meet the safety standard of section 408(b) (2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)." This final ruling becomes effective on August 13, 2009. Any written objections or requests for a hearing must be received on or before July 14. For additional information about the ruling, please review the Federal Register article.--Mike Gray

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