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    Prohibition and Restriction of 24 Pesticide Active Ingredients Worldwide

    Echemi 2020-05-21

    From January to March 2020, the global pesticide bans and restrictions are summarized, involving 24 active ingredients.

    Bactericides: fluconazole, mancozeb, pentasulfuron, propiconazole, phenoxyquinoline, formyl, tricyclazole.

    Insecticides: lambda-cyhalothrin, thiazinone, chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, dimethoate, fenthion, fipronil, flupirofanone, fipronil, imidacloprid, pymetrozine, thiacloprid.

    Herbicides: Chloramphenicol, Betaine, Furfurone, Glyphosate, Paraquat.

    Fungicide

    Epoxiconazole

    United Kingdom: disabled

    The United Kingdom issued a revocation notice on March 30, and sales licenses for fluorine-containing azole products will end on October 31, 2020. The storage, use and disposal of the remaining products must be completed by October 31, 2021.

    Mancozeb

    EU: no longer renewed

    The effective period of mancozeb is extended from January 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021. At present, the European Union has issued a notification to the WTO, and no longer approves the application for re-assessment of mancozeb. The non-dietary exposure value of mancozeb applied to tomatoes, potatoes, grains and grapes is higher than the reference value, and studies have shown that mancozeb has endocrine disrupting properties.

    Pencycuron

    United Kingdom: disabled

    The United Kingdom issued a revocation notice on March 25, and sales licenses for products containing pendisulfuron will end on March 25, 2020. The storage, use and disposal of the remaining products must be completed by June 25, 2020.

    Propiconazole

    EU: Disabled

    The EU cancelled the product registration of propiconazole on June 19, 2019, and the grace period for use expired on March 19, 2020. The reason for the ban is the reproductive toxicity of propiconazole and its toxicity to endocrine organs. At the same time, its metabolites may have similar toxicity to propiconazole, causing groundwater pollution.

    Quinoxyfen

    EU: Disabled

    The EU cancelled the product registration of phenoxyquinoline on June 27, 2019, and the grace period for use expired on March 27, 2020. The reason for the ban is that phenoxyquinoline is considered to be a persistent bioaccumulation and toxic substance (PBT) and a strong persistent and strong bioaccumulative substance (vPvB).

    Thiram thiram

    EU: Disabled

    The EU withdrew the product registration of Fumei Shuang on January 30, 2019, and the use grace period has expired on January 30, 2020. The reason for the ban is that Famex has a high acute toxicity to users, a high risk to birds, mammals and aquatic organisms, and there may be a potential risk of endocrine disruption. In addition, Fumeibi metabolites may form N, N-dimethylnitrosamine (NDMA) in water.

    Brazil: Restricted

    Since December 2, 2019, Brazil has restricted the use of Famex, banned the use of Famex in powder form on the farm, and only allowed the use of this formula in industrial seed treatment. Registered products must be updated within 180 days after the resolution is effective (ie before June 1, 2020). The reason is that the seed treatment of Famex on the farm may cause pesticide residue problems in food.

    Tricyclazole

    India: Prohibited

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers ’Welfare of India released the draft“ Government Bulletin ”on January 31, 2020. Considering the EU ’s maximum residue limit for tricyclazole on rice, the Inter-Ministerial Committee recommended that tricyclazole be banned. The reason for the ban is that tricyclazole is harmful to humans, animals and the environment.

    Insecticide

    Beta-cyfluthrin

    EU: no longer renewed

    The European Union issued a notification to the WTO that no longer approves the application for the review of lambda-cyhalothrin. When lambda-cyhalothrin is used as a sugar beet seed treatment or in the field, it poses a high risk to applicators, workers, non-target arthropods and aquatic organisms. The current lambda-cyhalothrin is valid until October 31, 2020.

    Thiazinone buprofezin

    India: Prohibited

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers ’Welfare of India released the draft“ Government Bulletin ”on January 31, 2020. Taking into account the EU ’s maximum residue limit for tricyclazole on rice, the Inter-Ministerial Committee recommended the ban of thiazinone. The reason for the ban is that tricyclazole is harmful to humans, animals and the environment.

    Chlorpyrifos

    EU: Disabled

    The EU cancelled the product registration of chlorpyrifos on February 16, 2020, and the grace period for use expired on April 16, 2020. The reason for the ban is that chlorpyrifos has developmental neurotoxicity and potential genotoxicity.

    United Kingdom: disabled

    The United Kingdom issued a revocation notice on February 5th, and the sales license for chlorpyrifos-containing products will end on January 22nd, 2020. The storage, use and disposal of the remaining products must be completed by April 16, 2020.

    California, USA: disabled

    California has banned the sale of chlorpyrifos from February 6, 2020, and the current stock use grace period is until December 31, 2020.

    Maryland, USA: may be disabled

    The Maryland Senate passed a bill to ban chlorpyrifos on March 18. The use of chlorpyrifos by aerial spraying is prohibited from October 1, 2020. From December 31, 2020, the use of pesticides and seed treatments containing chlorpyrifos will be banned in principle in the state. Used to treat tree trunks, lower branches of fruit trees, and green bean seed treatment agents can be exempted until June 30, 2021. The bill is currently being returned due to the veto of the governor, and will take effect if it is passed by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.

    Washington State, USA: Possible restrictions

    The Washington State Senate passed a bill to ban chlorpyrifos on March 10. A partial ban will be implemented from January 1, 2022, and sweet corn, mint and onions will be exempted. Other growers can apply for an emergency permit by December 31, 2025. The bill is currently being returned due to the veto of the governor, and will take effect if it is passed by a two-thirds majority vote in both houses.

    Chlorpyrifos-methyl

    EU: Disabled

    The EU cancelled the product registration of chlorpyrifos methyl on February 16, 2020, and the grace period expired on April 16, 2020. The reason for the ban is that chlorpyrifos methyl has developmental neurotoxicity and potential genotoxicity.

    United Kingdom: disabled

    The United Kingdom issued a revocation notice on February 5th, and the sales license for chlorpyrifos-containing products will end on February 16, 2020. The storage, use and disposal of the remaining products must be completed by April 16, 2020.

    Dimethoate

    EU: Disabled

    The EU revoked the product registration of Dimethoate on January 17, 2019. The grace period for cherries expired on October 17, 2019, and the grace period for other crops is until July 17, 2020. The reason for the ban is that dimethoate has potential genotoxicity, and experts evaluated that the main metabolite, oxymethoate, is a mutagen in the body. At the same time, Dimethoate has a high risk to mammals and non-target arthropods.

    Fenthion

    Uruguay: disabled

    Uruguay has banned the import, registration and renewal of fenthion-containing products since December 19. Registered holders can declare the quantity of inventory within 30 days after the announcement, and DGSA will determine the sales period. The ban is due to the fact that fenthion is listed as moderately hazardous to human health and the environment by the World Health Organization (highly toxic to birds, aquatic organisms, bees and soil microorganisms), and the residues in exported citrus fruits exceed the EU ’s largest The limit (0.01 mg / kg) results in returns.

    Fipronil fipronil

    China: disabled

    According to the latest list of banned and restricted pesticides issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, the use of fipronil will be banned from January 1, 2020. The reason for prohibition is that the metabolite of fipronil PFOS is highly toxic, difficult to decompose, and easily cause harm to the environment and humans and animals.

    Flupyfuranone flupyradifurone, sulfluramid sulfoxaflor

    France: disabled

    From January 1, 2020, France banned products containing acetamiprid and fluoropyranone, including seed treatment agents. The reason for the ban is that fipronil and fluoropyrrolidone have the same mechanism of action as neonicotinoid compounds and may be risky to bees.

    Imidacloprid imidacloprid

    Fiji: disabled

    The Fiji Ministry of Agriculture stipulates that the import, sale, and use of imidacloprid shall be prohibited from January 1, 2020. The reason for prohibition is that imidacloprid is harmful to bees.

    Pymetrozine

    EU: Disabled

    The European Union revoked the product registration of pymetrozine on April 30, 2019, and the grace period for use expired on January 30, 2020. The reason for the ban is that the metabolites of pymetrozine will pollute the groundwater and pymetrozine may have potential endocrine disrupting properties.

    Thiacloprid

    EU: Disabled

    The EU announced on January 13 that it will no longer accept applications for renewal of thiacloprid, and its validity period will be extended to April 30, 2020, and the use grace period will be extended to February 3, 2021. The reason for the ban is that metabolites of thiacloprid may have carcinogenicity similar to that of the parent thiacloprid, and may cause pollution of groundwater.

    United Kingdom: disabled

    The United Kingdom issued a revocation notice on February 5th, and the sales license for chlorpyrifos-containing products will end on February 16, 2020. The storage, use and disposal of the remaining products must be completed by April 16, 2020.

    herbicide

    Chloraniline

    EU: Disabled

    The European Union withdrew the product registration of Chloramphenicol on January 8, 2020, and the use grace period is until October 8, 2020. The reason for the ban is the acute and chronic dietary risks of chlorpheniramine and its main metabolite 3-chloroaniline, which cannot pass the consumer's dietary risk assessment.

    Beet Ann desmedipham

    EU: Disabled

    The EU revoked the product registration of Beetroot on January 1, 2020, with a grace period until July 1, 2020. The reason for the ban is that the possibility of human and livestock exposure to aniline and 4-aminophenol residues and the high long-term risks to mammals and poultry cannot be ruled out.

    Flurtamone

    EU: Disabled

    The EU withdrew the furosemide product registration on June 27, 2019, and the use grace period expired on March 27, 2020. The reason for the ban is that it is impossible to rule out the mutagenicity of furazone, and the metabolite trifluoroacetic acid may remain in the groundwater and crops, which may be a risk to contacts.

    Glyphosate

    Costa Rica: Restricted

    The Costa Rica National Nature Reserve System (SINAC) prohibits the use of glyphosate herbicides on all protected wild areas in the country and on all land owned by SINAC. Glyphosate is limited to agricultural use or use under professional prescription. The reason for the ban is that glyphosate is recognized as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Luxembourg: disabled

    Luxembourg revoked the sales license for glyphosate on February 1, 2020, and the approved stock period is June 30, 2020, and the use grace period for professional or individual users is December 31, 2020. The current EU glyphosate approval is valid until December 15, 2022.

    Austria: Not yet effective

    The Austrian ban on the sale and use of glyphosate herbicides failed to take effect on January 1, 2020.

    Paraquat

    Fiji: disabled

    The Fiji Ministry of Agriculture stipulates that the import, sale, and use of paraquat will be prohibited from January 1, 2020. The reasons for the ban include multiple aspects, including short-term health effects from exposure, delayed toxicity without antidote, low-dose exposure during childhood may affect brain development, and possible carcinogenicity and endocrine effects.

    Malaysia: disabled

    Malaysia banned the use of paraquat on January 1, 2020.

    Notable

    China: The latest list of prohibited and restricted pesticides

    On November 29, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China released the latest list of prohibited and restricted pesticides, of which 46 kinds of pesticides are banned (stopped) and 20 kinds of pesticides are restricted.

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