Arysta LifeScience suspends US sales controversial pesticide

Arysta LifeScience suspends US sales of controversial pesticide

12:09 AM, 22nd March 2012
Arysta LifeScience suspends US sales of controversial pesticide

CARY, US: Arysta LifeScience Corporation will immediately suspend product sales for the fumigant, methyl iodide (sold under trade name Midas) in the United States. The move is limited to Midas and applied to no other product the company markets, it informed. Arysta added that the decision was made as part of an internal review of the fumigant and based on its economic viability in the US marketplace.

The pesticide, also called idomethane will continue to be available in other regions. “Arysta LifeScience will continue to support the use of idomethane outside of the US where it remains economically viable,” said Amy Yoder, Head, North American Business Unit, Arysta LifeScience.

The fumigant, methyl iodide is used as an alternative to methyl bromide, mostly by agricultural growers and the strawberry industry. The EPA had approved methyl iodide as an alternative to methyl bromide provided growers observe strict controls on use. The phasing out of methyl bromide affected mostly strawberry growers, who were the major users of the pesticide.

In recent times, environmental groups have been pressurizing state regulators to re-think the approval of the fumigant, methyl iodide. Some groups have suggested that methyl iodide is a suspected carcinogen and that the chemical could cause other health problems including neurological damage.

Following these events, Arysta LifeScience has sent shock waves in the US by announcing its decision to withdraw methyl iodide. On the other hand, environmental groups are rejoicing for their win against Arysta. “Arysta LifeScience remains committed to growers through our many other products. We will continue to develop and bring to market innovative solutions for growers in the crop protection market,” said Amy Yoder, Head, North American Business Unit, Arysta LifeScience.

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