The Deadline to Remove Tolerance of Maneb Extended Until December 21, 2012

Bob Mulrooney, Extension Plant Pathologist;

via Gene MacAvoy, University of Florida

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken into consideration written comments submitted by FFVA and others and agreed to delay the expiration of tolerances for the fungicide product maneb. Among its comments, FFVA reminded EPA that existing stocks of maneb may remain in growers’ inventories and that a premature revocation of tolerances could generate complications such as disposal obstacles if all components were not carefully considered before a final decision. Therefore, to allow sufficient time for existing stocks that may remain in the channels of trade to be used and subsequent marketing of affected commodities, tolerances for maneb on food uses such as succulent beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, kale, lettuce, melons, mustard greens, papaya, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes and turnips, will now not expire until Dec. 31, 2012.