did you know these four fungi­cides will go by novem­ber?

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Notebook -

Four widely-used gar­den fungi­cides will no longer be on sale from Novem­ber af­ter the NZ En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency is­sued its first red alert.

The alert is over prod­ucts that con­tain chlorothalonil, a broad­spec­trum pes­ti­cide used to con­trol fun­gal leaf dis­eases in veg­eta­bles, or­na­men­tal crops and turf.

“Chlorothalonil is acutely toxic, es­pe­cially if in­haled, and is clas­si­fied as a sus­pected car­cino­gen. The Euro­pean Union has banned its use in con­sumer prod­ucts. The US and Cana­dian au­thor­i­ties are also con­cerned about the dan­gers it rep­re­sents to do­mes­tic users.”

Dr Freeth ini­ti­ated a re­assess­ment of chlorothalonil based on his con­cerns over new ev­i­dence which came to light when the EPA con­sid­ered a re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion for a fungi­cide con­tain­ing the sub­stance. It found there were un­ac­cept­able hu­man health risks that could not be mit­i­gated by im­pos­ing con­trols on its use in a do­mes­tic set­ting. The prod­ucts af­fected are: Yates Bravo Yates Green­guard Yates Guardall Tui’s Disease Elim­i­na­tor

Mcgre­gor’s Black Spot and Fun­gus Spray, Watkins Fun­gus and Mildew Spray and Taratek 5F will be re­stricted to use by trained op­er­a­tors.

The EPA notes there are al­ter­na­tive fungi­cides avail­able for sale with lower hazards. Do­mes­tic users and re­tail­ers look­ing to dis­pose of small quan­ti­ties of these sub­stances should ask their re­gional coun­cil for ad­vice on haz­ardous waste dis­posal. www.epa.govt.nz

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