Dec. 16, 2016
Following the completion of the review of omethoate, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) affirms that labels on omethoate products can no longer include uses in the home garden, on food producing plants, horticultural crops, pastures, grain legumes or cereals.
Omethoate (O,O-dimethyl S-methylcarbamoylmethyl phosphorothioate) is a systemic organophosphorus insecticide and acaricide used to control insects and mites in horticulture and agriculture, as well as in the home garden.
APVMA also confirmed the continued use of products containing the chemical for insect control on flowers, ornamentals and also as a barrier spray for controlling red-legged earth mite—provided all new labels contain the amended instructions to better protect human health.
The variations to the instructions for use of products containing omethoate have also added re-entry periods and restraints on the methods of application and amended the safety directions for the use of omethoate.
The APVMA has decided to allow a 12 month period for the supply of omethoate products bearing previously approved versions of the label. This period ends 1 December 2017. After this period all product supplied should bear a currently approved label.