did you know these four fungicides will go by november?
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