September 5, 2013
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) has advised producers that they can no longer use parathion methyl on their orchards or farms.
DEPI Senior Chemical Standards Officer Steven Field said the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has cancelled the registration of all remaining parathion-methyl products for use in Australia.
“A two year phase out period ended on July 26, 2013, applied to the supply and use of existing stock of parathion-methyl products,” Mr Field said.
“As the products are no longer registered, anyone found using the chemicals will be committing an offence under Section 6 of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical (Control of Use) Act 1992.”
These products include:
Mr Field said previously registered formulations of parathion-methyl such as Folidol M500 Insecticide Spray and Folidol 450 CS Insecticide were earlier deregistered and are already illegal to use.
“Continued use of parathion-methyl products after the July 2013 deadline may also result in treated fruit being classified as contaminated and is an offence under Section 52AA of the Act to sell contaminated produce.
“Past users of parathion-methyl products are encouraged to discuss alternative pesticide chemical options with their industry representative or local chemical reseller.”