CIPC remains firmly under the spotlight

This year the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (ACP) has carefully considered data on current CIPC use and industry stewardship, as official monitoring has continued to find CIPC residues that exceed the Maximum Residue Level (MRL).

At a meeting on 24 September, 2013, the ACP agreed that product authorisations can continue, however the committee have serious concerns about the continued findings of residues in exceedance of the MRL.  It is a legal requirement that residues should not exceed these levels.  The Committee agreed that steps still had to be taken to meet the requirements set in 2007. The information provided did not provide them assurance that further MRL exceedances would be avoided and they have requested a number of further specific data requirements from approval holders and further residue monitoring by the industry. Continued authorisations will be dependent upon these requirements being met.

Richard Harris, of the Potato Processors’ Association, responding to the outcomes of the review, said ‘Approval holders have been asked to submit new data to protect the future of CIPC and in the meantime all supply chain businesses must adhere to label recommendations for CIPC use and work within Red Tractor protocols.’

David Walker of the Fresh Potato Suppliers’ Association added ‘It is crucial there are no further MRL exceedances and we will be stepping up industry monitoring to support the stewardship scheme.’

The ACP recognised that the CIPC stewardship has delivered valuable changes and were supportive of the continuation of the scheme. The industry needs to demonstrate it can ensure CIPC exceedances will not continue to occur. A loss of CIPC would have very serious implications for the potato industry and we all must work together to prevent any further exceedances.

Mike Storey, Chair of the Potato Industry CIPC Stewardship Group said ‘It is crucial for the whole industry to fully engage with the ‘Be CIPC Compliant’ campaign to ensure that best practice is adopted.’

Current best practice guidelines are available at www.BeCIPCcompliant.co.uk