CIPC withdrawal announced - what now for potato store managers?

Thursday, 27 June 2019

The non-renewal of chlorpropham (CIPC) was announced by the EU on 18 June. 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. With Member States unable to reach agreement on a way forward, the decision has ultimately defaulted to the European Commission, which has concluded to follow the recommendation not to renew CIPC registration.

What it means for you

Member States have until 8th January 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 9 months but it is down to each member state to decide the length of grace period permitted. In the UK, the decision rests with CRD and an announcement is expected in early July.

It follows from this that the 2019/20 season will be the last season during which growers will be able to use CIPC for sprout control. The CIPC task force in Europe has issued a statement on the decision, its likely impact on the industry and what that means for potato growers over the course of the next two seasons.

Guidance and support from AHDB

The AHDB Potatoes board is very aware of the impact of the loss of CIPC to individual businesses, particularly those focused on long term storage. It will continue to support industry and invest in research and knowledge exchange to help industry through this challenging situation.    Making the transition from CIPC to alternatives is a top priority, including addressing the challenge of removing CIPC from previously-treated stores to meet any revised MRLs.

To assist the industry, AHDB has launched its new Storage Network, as part of an £800,000 fund ring-fenced fund for sprout suppression and storage support. Potato Store Managers from levy-paying businesses will be able to call on the network for a site visit and provision of guidance on a one-to-one basis, from independent specialists who have received training from AHDB’s storage team.

If you would like to avail yourself of this opportunity, subject to availability, please call the Storage Network booking line on 01406 359419.

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