The EC decision to not re-register trifluralin because of safety concerns should be published around September 2007 after the recent vote at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, according to a statement issued by the Pesticides Safety Directorate.
Approval for advertisement, sale, supply, storage and use by manufacturers will be revoked six months after that date in March 2008, with a likely further 12 month use-up period for distributors and growers.
Ten manufacturers have registrations for trifluralin-containing products currently in the
Manufacturers could, if they wished, submit new evidence supporting inclusion of trifluralin in Annex 1, PSD said. “The draft Decisions state that early re-application should allow evaluation and decision on possible Annex 1 inclusion before the period of grace lapses.”
A re-submission was likely, according to Anne Thompson, head of developnment and regulatory affairs for Dow AgroScience. “We’re still to make a final decision, but the intention at the moment is to re-apply. We do realise how important trifluralin is to the UK market.”