The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has cancelled 11 high volatile ester (HVE) products, retailed as ester 800, as part of the agency's ongoing review of 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid).
The products have been widely used in broadacre agriculture and sugarcane. The decision means:
- supply of cancelled 2,4-D HVE active constituent has ceased (effective as of 21 August 2013)
- supply of cancelled product manufactured prior to 21 August 2013 has ceased from Saturday, 31 August 2013
- products already purchased can be used up until 31 August 2014, under the same permit instructions (PER14329) that currently apply
- this permit restricts use to ‘winter only’ under strict conditions
- use of the existing products after 31 August 2014 will be illegal.
The decision follows the APVMA’s July report Annex to the APVMA's Preliminary Review Findings (Environment) Part 1: 2,4-D Esters Volume 1: Review Summary and advice to selected 2,4-D HVE registrants and approval holders of the intention to cancel selected registrations and approvals on the basis of unacceptable environmental risks.
My post about the cancellation of all high volatility 2,4-D products has an error.
High volatlity 2,4-D ester will still be registered in Western Australia ONLY for the control of broadleafed weeds in wheat and barley, and in fallow situations before direct drilling or sowing of cereals, grain legumes, canola and pastures.
This is a winter use pattern ONLY.
Also DO NOT apply within 2km of potentially sensitive or susceptible aquatic areas, townsites or non-target vegetation. The latter includes commercial seedling and plant nurseries, horticultural crops, grapevines, tomato crops, intensive agricultural operations and wildflower processing crops, national parks, nature reserves, areas and aquaculture operations.