The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that some underlying issues with the bird repellent Anthraquinone have been resolved, clearing the way for the agency to issue a two-year Section 3 registration for use on rice.
This conditional Section 3 registration will allow the product manufacturer to produce one further toxicology study. Assuming the study shows no health or other issues, a full registration could then be issued. For now, there is no need for the states to file Section 18 emergency exemption applications with EPA. (Section 3 is a full Federal registration of a pesticide while a Section 18 exemption authorizes EPA to allow unregistered use of a pesticide for a limited time if the agency determines that an emergency condition exists.)
AV-1011 is ready for use under its new two-year Federal label, however, the manufacturer must still proceed to acquire state registrations.
Anthraquinone, a naturally occurring chemical found in many species of plants has been found to meet the requirements for an effective bird repellent as a seed treatment on a variety of crops including sunflowers, trees, and rice.
USA Rice has helped states, manufacturers, and members acquire both Section 3 and Section 18 status for a number of products over the last several years, and is working toward an unconditional Section 3 registration for this important product.