Recall of Organic Insecticide Azatrol

Kerry Richards; University of Delaware Pesticide Safety Education Program;

On July 27, 2017 PBI-Gordon Corporation announced a nationwide recall of all Azatrol products, specifically Gordon’s Azatrol EC insecticide and Azatrol Hydro Botanical Insecticide. Both of these products can be identified by the EPA Registration Number 2217-836.

PBI Gordon initiated this national recall in part due to the result of a June 2017 decision by Oregon Department of Agriculture to issue a Stop Sale, Use, or Removal (SSUR) of these products after discovering the presence of five synthetic pesticide active ingredients which were not listed on the labels of these two registered organic pesticide products.

While the five conventional active ingredients found in these two products can be used on a variety of ornamental, food, and feed crops safely, because they were not identified on the labels of the Azatrol products this constitutes misbranded and adulterated product. The non-declared conventional pesticide active ingredients found in the two organic pesticide products are: quantifiable levels of permethrin, bifenthrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, and chlorpyrifos. Malathion was not detected at a quantifiable level.

PBI-Gordon is asking distributors to return any unused Azatrol in their inventories, as well as any unused Azatrol returned to distributors by their customers.

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