Carbendazim, the important and widely-used worm-cast suppressant product, will still be available after December 2010, Barclay Crop Protection has stated, clarifying comments recently made by Jon Allbutt, former chairman of the Amenity Forum.
"Carbendazim, which we sell under the trademark Ringer, is currently under review as a Plant Protection Product," says Eric Gussin, UK area manager for Barclay. "The outcome of this review is due at the end of the year."
"But, because of the way the legislation is structured, products are given an expiry date which reflects the review date. That is why carbendazim appears to have an expiry date of December 31, 2010," he explains.
"To complicate matters, carbendazim is also being reclassified as a biocide, rather than a pesticide, so that, eventually, it will be subject to a different directive."
Mr Gussin says that if the transfer to the biocides directive is not completed by the date of the Annex 1 expiry, CRD (formerly PSD) will issue suitable approvals to ensure it can continue to be used for worm control.
"Therefore, we expect to be able to continue to sell carbendazim until the current expiry date of 2012," he adds.
"This clarification is very useful for greenkeepers and groundsmen and it is good to know that the approval holders are committed to supporting carbendazim for the future," said Jon Allbutt.
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