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Use of Temik 15G on Potatoes No Longer Legal

OACFA News

Use of aldicarb, the active ingredient in Temik 15G and Temik 15G Lock 'n Load (both EPA Reg. No. 264-330) on potatoes is illegal after May 9, 2012. Dealer sales of Temik 15G products that still include potatoes on the pesticide container label are also illegal.

EPA and Bayer CropScience reached an agreement in 2010 to end all uses of aldicarb in the United States. Bayer agreed to first end uses on potatoes and citrus, and adopt risk mitigation measures for other uses to protect groundwater.

The company will voluntarily phase out production of aldicarb by December 31, 2014. All remaining aldicarb uses will end in August 2018. EPA plans in the future to revoke the tolerances (legal pesticide residues allowed in food) associated with these commodities.

Six Remaining Uses – The Specifics

During the phase-out, aldicarb use may continue for a period of time on six crops: dry beans, sugar beets, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, and sweet potatoes.

Phase-out Schedule

  • Bayer may only sell or distribute TEMIK Brand 15G end-use products with
    these six uses until December 31, 2014.
  • Dealers may only sell or distribute TEMIK Brand 15G end-use products with
    these six uses until December 31, 2016.
  • No use allowed after August 31, 2018. For additional information: www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/

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