Growers warned over residue rules

30 March 2001

Growers warned over residue rules

By FWi staff

GROWERS should check that pesticides they are using will not fall foul of the new EU Commission directives, warns the Central Science Laboratory.

Directive 42/2000/EC, which comes it into force on July 1, effectively sets a zero residue limit for certain pesticide/crop combinations.

And any detectable residue, even from an application made before July 1, would be a violation of the directive, warns CSLs Steve Brewer.

However, it is unclear where liability will lie or what action the Pesticides Safety Directorate would take on such violations is not clear, he admits.

Several hundred pesticide/crop combinations are affected, such as carbosulfan on brassicas, chlormequat on linseed or oilseed rape, and carbofuran on potatoes.

Double check with your agronomist what changes are coming into play, advises Mr Brewer.

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