EPA’s Pesticide Program has released a new online searchable database, called Inert Finder. This database allows pesticide formulators and other interested parties to easily identify chemicals approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. It will allow registrants developing new products or new product formulations to readily determine which inert ingredients may be acceptable for use as well as making this same information more readily available to the public. Users can search for inert ingredients by chemical name or Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Registry Number to determine whether inert ingredients are approved for products that have food or nonfood uses. Search results will also provide any applicable use limitations and will flag inert ingredients for which companies have asserted data compensation rights. [Read more…]
Global demand for food cannot be met by organic products, according to Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the board of Nestle S.A., the world’s largest food company, Food magazine reported Aug. 31.
“You have to be rational – there’s no way you can support life on earth if you go straight from farm to table,” Brabeck-Letmathe said.
EPA is launching its Pilot Fragrance Notification Program and making available a guidance document for registrants seeking to add new or modify existing fragrances in new or currently registered pesticide products. The Pilot Program, which will be conducted for 2 years beginning September 19, 2011, is a process improvement effort intended to streamline the current process used to amend registrations when fragrance ingredients are added, removed or modified. This action is a follow-up to the 2007 Fragrance Notification Pilot Program and is very similar in conduct. [Read more…]
Scientists in France have discovered that honey bees are at a higher risk of dying from infection by Nosema ceranae (N. ceranae) when they are exposed to low doses of insecticides. The results, presented in the journal PLoS ONE, support the theory that combining more N. ceranae with high pesticide content in beehives could contribute to colony depopulation.
The French study, “Exposure to Sublethal Doses of Fipronil and Thiacloprid Highly Increases Mortality of Honeybees Previously Infected by Nosema ceranae,” brought together researchers from the Laboratoire Microorganismes: Génome et Environnment and the Laboratoire de Toxicologie Environnment who utilized their respective skills in parasitology and toxicology to assess the effect of pathogen/toxin interactions on bee health. In the laboratory, the researchers chronically exposed newly emerged honey bees, some healthy and others infected with Nosema ceranae, to low doses of insecticides: fipronil and thiacloprid. They found that the infected bees died when they were chronically exposed to insecticides, even at sublethal doses, unlike the healthy bees. This combined effect on honeybee mortality was observed with daily exposure to extremely low doses (over 100 times less than the LD50 or dose needed to kill 50% of the sample population, for each insecticide). [Read more…]
As part of the registration process for pesticides, registrants are required to submit a Confidential Statement of Formula, Form 8570-4. The Confidential Statement of Formula lists all the components and their percentage by weight in a pesticide product, and other information about the formulation. It is a crucial element of submissions related to new pesticide products. In the past, registrants have submitted a separate Confidential Statement of Formula for each manufacturing site and each country in which the product is produced. [Read more…]