Regulatory update #161

8 November 2012

New label instructions for the use of fenthion

On 31 October 2012, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) issued new instructions that restrict the use of fenthion on a number of food crops, and prohibits use on all food-producing plants in the home garden.

The decision follows the release of the 2012 Fenthion Residues and Dietary Risk Assessment Report in September which found that its use on many crops could exceed the recommended public health standard.

New label instructions reduce the amount of fenthion that can be used on some crops, and prohibit its use on specific fruits and vegetables, which mitigates the potential health risks identified in the residues report. The new instructions also prohibit the use of fenthion on all food-producing plants grown in the home garden.

The new use instructions will be in place for 12 months while the environment and occupational health and safety components of the fenthion review are completed.

See the list of suspended and allowed uses and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this action. More information is also available on the fenthion review webpage.

Hendra virus vaccine received APVMA permit approval

The APVMA has approved a permit for the use of a vaccine, Equivac HeV Vaccine for Horses, to assist in preventing clinical disease caused by Hendra virus. Pfizer Animal Health Australia is the permit holder of the vaccine which can only be supplied and administered under strict conditions.

Equivac® HeV can only be used on micro-chipped horses and must be administered by a registered veterinary surgeon, accredited by the permit holder. In the event of a disease outbreak, horses that have been vaccinated with Equivac® HeV can then be differentiated from those exposed to the virus.

Hendra virus mainly infects large flying foxes (fruit bats) without causing disease, and can be passed on to horses. The infection has occasionally been passed onto people who have been in close contact with an infected horse. In horses and people, disease can be serious or fatal.

Hendra virus infection in humans can have serious consequences. People should not assume that vaccinated horses cannot contract the disease. Horse owners should take the same precautions with vaccinated horses to prevent them becoming infected from flying foxes, and to prevent humans being infected by horses, as are recommended for unvaccinated horses. Advice on these precautions is available on the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website.

What does ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ mean when it comes to client service and communication?

Government reforms seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current regulatory process for agvet chemicals. As part of our preparation for the anticipated legislative change, we are undertaking market research to better understand what ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ mean when it comes to our client service and communication with you.

We invite all our stakeholders to complete a simple survey that will help us improve our communication and client service.

The survey should only take 15 minutes. Help us deliver the benefits of more efficient regulation to business and the community.

Complete the online survey.

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Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) tables for November 2012

The Maximum Residue Limits Standard tables for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food and animal feedstuff have been updated for November 2012.

Record of aproved active constituents for November 2012

The record for approved active consituents for chemical products have been updated for November 2012.

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:


Advice Summaries published since last issue are listed below. For a complete list and further information, please refer to the Advice Summaries content on our website.

  • Canigen C4 DHa2PPi Quadrivalent Living Vaccine
  • Success Neo Insecticide
  • Tri-Power Seed Treatment
  • Acatak Duostar Tick Development Inhibitor and Broad Spectrum Pour-On
  • PY-ZAP Insecticide with Natural Pyrethrum
  • Rodenthor Soft Bait Rodenticide
  • Country Glyphosate 360 Biaquatic Weed Killer
  • Neove Flunixin Meglumine Injection
  • Melpat Captan 800 WG Fungicide

Application Summaries are updated weekly. For a complete list, please refer to the Application Summaries content on our website.

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