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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released new pesticides tolerances for the following substances:

05 January 2017, Propiconazole (40 CFR 180.434, 82 FR 1208) – The time-limited tolerance is amended in or on avocado at 10 parts per million (ppm) for an additional 3-year period (December 31, 2019).

10 January 2017, Butanedioic Acid, 2-Methylene-, Telomer With Sodium Phosphinate (1:1), Acidified, Potassium Salts (40 CFR 180.960, 82 FR 2897)  - The tolerance is eliminated the need to establish a maximum permissible level on food or feed commodities.

10 January 2017, Tetraconazole  (40 CFR 180.557, 82 FR 2900) - The tolerances are established in or on vegetable, fruiting (Crop Group 8-10) at 0.30 parts per million (ppm) and vegetable, cucurbit (Crop Group 9) at 0.15 ppm and revised on beet, sugar, root; beet, sugar, dried pulp; and beet, sugar molasses.

18 January 2017, Acequinocyl (40 CFR 180.599, 82 FR 5409) - This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of acequinocyl in or on multiple commodities.

07 February 2017, Propamocarb; Pesticide Tolerance (40 CFR 180.499, 82 FR 9519) – The tolerance is established for residues of propamocarb in or on potato at 0.30 ppm.

07 February 2017, 2,4-D; Pesticide Tolerances (40 CFR 180.142, 82 FR 9523) –The tolerances are established in or on gin byproducts and underlined seed of cotton at 1.5 and 0.08 ppm respectively.

14 February 2017, Hexythiazox; Pesticide Tolerances (40 CFR 180.448, 82 FR 10547) – The tolerance are established in or on beet, sugar, root, and beet, sugar, dried pulp. The regulation also removes the existing time-limited tolerance for residues on beet, sugar, root because it is superseded by the new beet, sugar, root tolerance and removes the tolerance for residues “Fruit, citrus group 10” of 0.35 ppm because it is superseded by the existing tolerance for “Fruit, citrus group 10-10” of 0.6 ppm.

15 February 2017, Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerance (40 CFR 180.565, 82 FR 10712) - The tolerance is established in or on banana at 0.03 ppm.

10 March 2017, Flupyradifurone; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (40 CFR 180.679, 82 FR 13251) - Time-limited tolerances are established   in or on sweet sorghum, forage at 30.0 and sorghum, syrup at 90.0 parts per million (ppm).

10 March 2017, Oxytetracycline; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (40 CFR 180.337,82 FR 13245) - The time-limited tolerance is established in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10 at 0.4 ppm (December 31, 2019).

15 March 2017, Streptomycin; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (40 CFR 180.245, 82 FR 13759) -  the time-limited tolerances are established for residues of streptomycin in or on fruit, citrus, group 10-10, at 2 ppm, and the dried pulp of these commodities at 6 ppm (December 31, 2019).

22 March 2017, Octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with α, α',α” (40 CFR 180.960, 82 FR 14633)-EPA finds that exempting residues of octadecanoic acid, 12-hydroxy-, homopolymer, ester with α, α',α”-1,2,3-propanetriyltris[ω-hydroxypoly(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)] from the requirement of a tolerance will be safe.

22 March 2017, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Tolerance Exemption (40 CFR 180.960, 82 FR 14636)-EPA finds that exempting residues of polyglycerol polyricinole from the requirement of a tolerance will be safe.

22 March 2017, Fatty Acids, Montan-Wax, Ethoxylated; Tolerance Exemption (40 CFR 180.960, 82 FR 14614)- EPA finds that exempting residues of fatty acids, montan-wax, ethoxylated from the requirement of a tolerance will be safe.

22 March 2017, Isoamyl Acetate; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance (40 CFR 180.910, 82 FR 14617)-an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance is established under 40 CFR 180.910 for Isoamyl acetate (CAS Reg. No. 123-92-2) when used as an inert ingredient (buffering agent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest.

22 March 2017, Aspergillus flavus AF36; Amendment to an Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance (40 CFR 180.1206, 82 FR 14631) - An exemption from the requirement of a tolerance is established for residues of Aspergillus flavus AF36 in or on almond and fig when used in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices.

22 March 2017, Cloquintocet-mexyl; Pesticide Tolerances (40 CFR 180.560, 82 FR 14620)-tolerances are established for combined residues of cloquintocet-mexyl (acetic acid [(5-chloro-8-quinolinyl) oxy]-1-methylhexyl ester) and its acid metabolite (5-chloro-8-quinlinoxyacetic acid), expressed as cloquintocet-mexyl, for use as an inert ingredient (safener) in combination with the herbicide pyroxsulam in or on teff, forage at 0.2 ppm; teff, grain at 0.1 ppm; teff, hay at 0.5 ppm; and teff, straw at 0.1 ppm.

22 March 2017, Cyantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances (40 CFR 180.672, 82 FR 14623)- tolerances are established for residues of cyantraniliprole, 3-bromo-1-(3-chloro-2-pyridinyl)-N-[4-cyano-2-methyl-6-[(methylamino)carbonyl]phenyl]-1 H-pyrazole-5-carboxamide, including its metabolites and degradates, in or on Artichoke, globe at 0.10 ppm; Berry, low growing, except strawberry, subgroup 13-07H at 0.08 ppm; Coffee, green bean at 0.05 ppm; Corn, field, grain at 0.01 ppm; Corn, pop, grain at 0.01 ppm; Corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed at 0.01 ppm; Grape, wine at 2.0 ppm; Olive at 1.5 ppm; Olive, oil at 2.0 ppm; Peanut at 0.01 ppm; Pomegranate at 0.01 ppm; Rice, grain at 0.02 ppm; Strawberry at 1.0 ppm; Tea at 30 ppm; Vegetable, foliage of legume, except soybean, group 7A at 40 ppm; Vegetable, leaves of root and tuber, group 2 at 40 ppm; Vegetable, legume, dried shelled, except soybean, subgroup 6C at 1.0 ppm; Vegetable, legume, edible podded, subgroup 6A at 2.0 ppm; Vegetable, legume, succulent shelled, subgroup 6B at 0.20 ppm; and Vegetable, root, except sugar beet, subgroup 1B at 0.40 ppm.

In addition, the following tolerances are modified as follows: Peanut, hay from 0.01 ppm to 3.0 ppm and Vegetable, cucurbit, group 9 from 0.40 ppm to 0.70 ppm

Also, due to the tolerances being established the following tolerances are modified as follows: Cattle, fat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Cattle, meat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Cattle, meat byproducts from 0.01 ppm to 0.40 ppm; Goat, fat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Goat, meat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Goat, meat byproducts from 0.01 ppm to 0.40 ppm; Horse, fat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Horse, meat from 0.01 to 0.10 ppm; Horse, meat byproducts from 0.01 ppm to 0.40 ppm; Milk from 0.01 ppm to 0.20 ppm; Sheep, fat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; Sheep, meat from 0.01 ppm to 0.10 ppm; and Sheep, meat byproducts from 0.01 to 0.40 ppm.

Lastly, due to the tolerances being established above, the indirect or inadvertent tolerances under 40 CFR 180.672 (d) for Peanut, hay; Vegetable, foliage of legume (group 7); Vegetable, leaves of root and tuber vegetables (group 2); and Vegetable, root (subgroup 1A) are removed as unnecessary, and new tolerances are established under 180.672 (d) for Beet, sugar, roots at 0.02 ppm; Soybean, forage at 0.70 ppm; and Soybean, hay at 0.70 ppm.

Do these changes apply to you?

You may be potentially affected by these amendments if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. The following list of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. Potentially affected entities may include:

  • Crop production (NAICS code 111)
  • Animal production (NAICS code 112)
  • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311)
  • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532)

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Posted by Yashaswini Srinivas on Mar 27, 2017

Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Specialists at Selerant.

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