This simply means that, since 1 March 2018, any rodenticides containing over the ‘specific concentration limit’ of 30 parts per million (PPM) of active ingredient, must be reformulated to a lower level or be labelled as ‘toxic to reproduction’ and include the phrase ‘may damage the unborn child’ within the CLP box.
All outdated products were immediately removed from sale by the end of February 2018. But end users will have until 1 September 2018, to use up the products.
“Pest controllers can continue to use re-labelled products over 30PPM, but the additional risk warning may require pest companies to review health and safety assessments, especially for their own staff, or at customer sites where children or pregnant women may be present,” says Richard.
“Pest control company customers who are aware of the changes to labels, such as schools and hospitals, may decide to request for products without the ‘toxic to reproduction’ labelling to be used”.
“The other concern for pest controllers is that the reformulation may impact the pest control programme employed. The lower concentrations could mean that rodents may need to ingest more bait for a lethal dose, so return visits may need to be more frequent.”
There are very few products currently available below the 30PPM limit, but the full Rodilon® range, has always been formulated at 25PPM. So, pest controllers can rest assured that these products will not change and have a proven track record of success without the requirement for the ‘may damage the unborn child’ statement.
Richard adds that when looking to develop any product, Bayer invests the extra time to delve deeper into regulatory trends and predict label changes such as this, to futureproof its products and ensure that they are available for the end user for the foreseeable future.