25 July 2008 20:55 [Source: ICIS news]
FMC spokesman Jim Fitzwater said it was the company’s “intent to continue to defend this product”.
“We strongly believe that carbofuran residue on food does no pose a threat to human health,” he said.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued on Thursday a proposed rule that would revoke the agency’s existing tolerance criteria for carbofuran on foods grown in or imported to the
Separately, the agency said it is proceeding with its effort launched in 2006 to cancel carbofuran as a registered pesticide allowed for limited use in
In seeking to cancel all uses of the pesticide, EPA said that “although carbofuran uses have benefits, none provides sufficient benefits … to outweigh the substantial combined occupational and ecological risks”.
The agency said, “EPA concluded that carbofuran products pose an unreasonable risk to man and the environment which outweighs the benefits of continued use, and therefore all uses must be cancelled.”
Fitzwater said that FMC also is fighting that action and has recently filed suit in US District Court in
He said that EPA’s action on Thursday seeking to revoke food tolerances for carbofuran would have the same effect as cancelling the product’s registration.
“This is a totally new tactic that EPA is taking in trying to revoke the tolerances,” Fitzwater said. “We’re not aware that they have used this tactic against any other pesticide.”
Fitzwater also noted that as part of the information gathering under way in the agency’s procedural effort to cancel carbofuran’s registration, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) submitted a benefits analysis arguing that the pesticide should remain in use for some crops.
The EPA’s proposal to revoke food tolerances for carbofuran is subject to a 60-day comment period.
Fitzwater said FMC would file a comment in the matter and would continue to press its lawsuit challenging the agency’s effort to cancel carbofuran’s registration.
FMC is the sole
If EPA were to revoke food tolerances for carbofuran, that action would effectively bar
Shares of FMC on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) were off by 2.4% to $65.26 (€41.77) in trading at midday on Friday and were down from a recent
($1 = €0.64)
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