ProFume* (sulfuryl fluoride), the new fumigant for the control of stored product pests in emptied flour mills, has been approved by the Pesticides Safety Directorate. The approval, which was received last month (July 2004), has been eagerly awaited by both the milling industry and fumigation companies. It paves the way for precision fumigation techniques to be adopted in the UK as part of an integrated approach to pest management.
The concept of Precision Fumigation has been developed by the manufacturers of ProFume, Dow AgroSciences. Essentially it is a system of working which promotes safe and effective pest control so that customers can have total confidence in the hygiene status of their premises. Precision Fumigation optimises fumigant use whilst maximising efficiency and minimising risk, claim Dow.
Product manager in the UK Chris Pye explains, "In practice it means that the end-customer and the fumigator can adjust the dose to suit the requirements of the building, the insect pests present and the business. So, for example, if shutdown time is critical this can be taken into account when calculating the precise dose required to eliminate the insect pests. Real time monitoring of the concentration achieved ensures that the targeted dose is maintained for the time required to do the job."
The new product approval has arrived just ahead of the planned 1 January 2005 phase-out of the ozone depleting fumigant, methyl bromide. It follows on rapidly from registrations achieved in the USA (January) and Italy (April). ProFume is also registered in Switzerland and it is anticipated that provisional approval will be granted in Germany later this year.
Mark Braithwaite Managing Director from fumigation company Igrox is enthusiastic about the approval. "What Dow has done with its emphasis on stewardship and in particular with the development of the Fumiguide software will take fumigation to a new level in terms of quality and efficacy. We look set to achieve fumigations that are even more effective than those we' ve been used to. It's a very positive development and one which must come as a great relief to the milling industry."
Ecolab's Fiona Murphy agrees, "We have been deeply involved in the field trials to develop this alternative to methyl bromide. It's a really positive innovation."
Jill Hawkins from the Dow AgroSciences Regulatory Affairs team adds, "We have been working towards this approval for almost five years completing all the scientific studies required to show the product's safety and efficacy when used by professional fumigators. Sulfuryl fluoride is the first fumigant to be considered under The Plant Protection Product Regulations 1995 and that has proved to be an interesting and challenging learning process for both our regulatory team and the regulators themselves. There have been many constructive discussions with PSD." Mr Pye concludes, "ProFume is an extremely effective fumigant with excellent penetration. It can be used as a stand alone treatment to control all the major stored product insect pests such as red flour beetle and Indian meal moth The Precision Fumigation concept fits perfectly into Integrated Pest Management programmes combining extremely well with techniques such as monitoring and cleaning."
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