Carbofuran is an insecticide and nematicide that was registered for use only in certain states of Australia. It is a Schedule 7 substance in the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (which means that it must carry the signal heading ‘Dangerous Poison’). Carbofuran was nominated for review because of human health concerns.
Carbofuran has had limited recent use in Australia. While there are carbofuran maximum residue limits (MRLs) in place for rice, sugarcane and some cereal crops, there has been no use of carbofuran products in those industries for a number of years. Use in the tobacco industry ceased in late 2006 with the closure of the industry in Australia.
The registration of the final remaining products containing the active constituent carbofuran and the labels for containers of those products have been voluntarily cancelled at the request of the holder in December 2019. As there are no longer any registered products containing the active constituent carbofuran, the APVMA considers that there is no longer any basis for the chemical reconsideration.