Source: MANA Inc.

In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Makhteshim Agan of North America (MANA) is taking action to end all uses of the insecticide endosulfan in the United States. The move was voluntary.

"From a scientific standpoint, MANA continues to disagree fundamentally with EPA's conclusions regarding endosulfan and believes that key uses are still eligible for re-registration," said Scott Rawlins, MANA director of global governmental and industry relations. "The agency has made a number of overly conservative and unrealistic assumptions about how endosulfan is used that do not reflect the best available science.

"However, given the fact that the endosulfan market is quite small and the cost of developing and submitting additional data high, we have decided to voluntarily negotiate an agreement with EPA that provides growers with an adequate time frame to find alternatives for the damaging insect pests currently controlled by endosulfan," Rawlins said.

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