APVMA releases fenthion review for final phase of consultation

22 May 2014
Reference Code: 
2014–01

Further regulatory action on the chemical fenthion is proposed by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to address risks to human health and the environment.

The Preliminary Review Findings Report published today by the APVMA recommends further restriction to the use of fenthion. This report brings together all risk assessments done to date, including toxicology, worker exposure and environmental effects.

The APVMA concludes that in a number of situations fenthion products may pose unacceptable risks to human health through dietary and occupational exposures, and to the environment. The APVMA proposes the following regulatory actions to manage these risks:

  • cancellation of a cattle lice control product,
  • cancellation of all pest control and home garden products except the fenthion 1% dust product
  • variation of the label of the fenthion 1% dust product to remove use in ceilings, wall spaces and crawl spaces and update the safety directions, and
  • variation of the label of the horticultural product to remove all uses except post-harvest dipping of tropical and subtropical fruits with inedible peel, and to update safety directions and warnings.

The report is now available for consultation and submissions are invited from interested parties until 22 August 2014. The APVMA will consider submissions before making a final regulatory decision.

Background information

Fenthion is a broad spectrum organophosphorus (OP) insecticide used in horticulture and for veterinary (cattle), domestic and industrial pest control - including pest birds.

The Subcommittee on Domestic Quarantine and Market Access (a state and federal government committee) has developed a national response plan to deal with the outcomes of both the fenthion and the dimethoate reviews.

For more information about fenthion visit the APVMA website.

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