Chlorpyrifos to Be Phased Out in California

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Chlorpyrifos sales in California are set to end February 2020, according to a new agreement reached between the California Environmental Protection Agency and Dow Agrosciences and other companies.

All sales will end February 6, 2020, and growers will no longer be allowed to possess chlorpyrifos after December 31, 2020. All current restrictions must be followed until that date. A few products of a granular formulation of chlorpyrifos will be allowed to remain on the market.

Earlier this year, California announced a ban of chlorpyrifos but anticipated that the process would take up to two years.

The state has directed $5 million toward finding safer, more sustainable alternatives to chlorpyrifos, and a cross-sector working group has been formed and tasked to identify, evaluate, and recommend alternatives.

Chlorpyrifos is used in a wide range of cropping systems to control a broad spectrum of pests. Its use has declined in recent years over human health concerns. Debates over chlorpyrifos’ safety and use have been ongoing for over a decade. In July, EPA announced its decision against a ban of chlorpyrifos, citing insufficient evidence to warrant discontinuation of the product.

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