CIPC grace period and LoQ warning

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09 July 2019
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CIPC grace period and LoQ warning

The non-renewal of chlorpropham (CIPC), which was announced by the EU on June 18th, means member states have until January 8th 2020 to withdraw authorisations on all CIPC-containing products.

Following this withdrawal period, growers will have a period to use up all stocks of CIPC. The maximum duration of this grace period is nine months but it is down to each member state to decide the length of grace period permitted.

The active has been under scrutiny in Europe since 2015 and was recommended for non-renewal following a review by the European Food Safety Authority. It had been discussed at successive SCoPAFF (Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed) meetings and the Appeal Committee, and no opinion was reached. With Member States unable to reach agreement on a way forward, the decision ultimately defaulted to the European Commission.

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This means the 2019/20 season will be the last season during which growers will be able to use CIPC for sprout control.

AHDB has extended research programmes, and is providing a range of support options for store managers.

A statement by the CIPC task said: “Growers/store managers are advised to check with their supply chain partners/customers prior to treating crop with CIPC. The maximum residue limit (MRL) of 10ppm is expected to be in place for the 2019/2020 potato storage season. However, because the active substance is not renewed, the MRL could fall to near zero (limit of quantification- LoQ) within two years, and the import of potato products into Europe with residues of CIPC above this level will not be permitted.”

An application for a temporary MRL above the limit of quantification (LoQ) to cover previous store contamination is being sought by Certis and UPL to prevent the MRL falling to LoQ in the short term. This limit will be temporary and will differentiate between contamination and illegal use.