THE European Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) phytopharmaceuticals voted for non-renewal of approval for ethoprophos at its January 2019 meeting, but dates for sales and use-up are still to be confirmed, says Hutchinsons technical support manager Duncan Connabeer.
He says: "This is an insecticide and nematicide mainly used in potatoes, often in tandem with one of the other nematicides.
"We are down to two now with a new one just about to enter the market. Its loss is very frustrating."
The future of chlorpropham (CIPC) is also under threat, with a proposal from EFSA for non-renewal of approval of the active which is due to expire on July 31, 2019.
According to AHDB, it is used as a sprout suppressant on 80 per cent of potatoes grown in the UK.
Adrian Cunnington, head of Sutton Bridge Crop Research (Storage), says at the January 2019 SCoPAFF meeting, no vote took place concerning non-renewal of approval of CIPC.
"Again we do not have any clarity but it has been put on the SCoPAFF MRLs committee meeting agenda for February 21-22," Mr Cunnington says.
"My reading of that is that they are trying to find a mechanism to move non-renewal forward quicker than it would otherwise take place."
A vote on non-reapproval of CIPC is also on the SCoPAFF phytopharmaceuticals meeting agenda for late February 2019.