Residents would remember the incident in late 2011 in Thompson Road, Greenbank, in which a large number of native birds, as well as domestic fowl, were killed following spraying on an intensive horticulture farm. It made the front page of the Jimboomba Times on September 7, 2011. Testing on some of these dead birds revealed that they had been poisoned with FENTHION ETHYL.
The APVMA has just released its latest update, which includes a proposal to suspend the use of Fenthion because ‘there is potential for short-term dietary exposure of young children to be at levels above the relevant public health standard’. Note under the heading ‘Fenthion review’ the statement: “Fenthion is a broad spectrum organophosphorus (OP) insecticide. Fenthion is used to control insect pests in agricultural, commercial and domestic situations and external parasites on cattle. Fenthion is also used to control pest birds in and around buildings.” Yes, well OUR ‘pest birds’ certainly were ‘controlled’. The full report, with links, is below. Excellent timing for us in our struggle. I wonder what Mr ‘heavily regulated’ Livingstone from Growcom would make of this? Perhaps the APVMA are ‘farmer-haters’ too?
Regulatory Update #157
Proposed suspension of some fenthion uses
The APVMA is proposing to suspend a number of uses of fenthion, a chemical used to control fruit fly and other insects, following release of a new report Fenthion—Residues and dietary risk assessment report (PDF, 882kb) | (RTF, 1.86Mb) on Tuesday, 11 September 2012, showing there is potential for short-term dietary exposure of young children to be at levels above the relevant public health standard.
The report recommends removal of a number of uses such as pre-harvest uses of fenthion on apples, pears, citrus, loquats, quince, stonefruit, pepinos, eggplant and tomatoes and post-harvest uses on fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes. Uses on all food crops in the home garden may also be suspended.
Information is requested that may assist in developing suspension instructions. Relevant information should be provided to the APVMA by 25 September 2012.