Friday, 12 April 2019
Final decision on future of key sprout suppressant expected early this summer
We understand that on 11 April 2019 the European Union’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General Appeal Committee could not reach a sufficient majority to support the European Food Standard Agency’s (EFSA’s) recommendation to withdraw CIPC’s approval for use both as a herbicide and as a sprout suppressant.
The decision will now be made by the EU Commission itself. The Chlorpropham Task Force, which is made up of the companies who hold approvals to distribute CIPC, today (12 April) released a statement stating they expect the commission to uphold EFSA’s recommendation to withdraw CIPC’s approval - meaning, as we have been reporting at winter events, this season would be the last we can use CIPC.
An official announcement is expected by early summer, but it is our understanding that there is likely to be a ‘use-up’ period of at least 12 months announced and that there will be approval to use CIPC during the 2019-20 storage season, at the same dosage rates as last season.
Support for store managers
In January we announced an £800,000 fund for research, events and support for store managers. Here are the key points:
- Events held across the country this winter (watch video summary below)
- Expanded research programme
- Network to work with external industry advisors
- Resources and publications collated in new storage hub
We will shortly be annoucing more storage roadshow dates, which will take place in the summer. In the meantime, please see a video summary of the winter events below