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Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:48

AgVet agency mans up

Australia’s AgVet chemical regulator, the APVMA is cracking down on chemical companies withholding recall notice information from farmers and end-users.

The authority will in future publish information about voluntary and compulsory recalls of agvet chemical products on its website.
APVMA CEO, Dr Chris Parker, said that the national regulator was aware of its responsibilities to protect the confidential and commercial information of chemical company registrants.
But these responsibilities this would be balanced with the authorities responsibility to safeguard people, animals, the environment and agricultural industries from harm.
“There’s no legislative trigger for the APVMA to publish information about a voluntary recall,” Dr Parker said.
“We wouldn’t ordinarily provide information that isn’t already in the public domain, however we are changing the current approach.
“From Thursday June 29, the APVMA will publish information about compulsory and voluntary recalls on the website apvma.gov.au.
“Product registrants and manufacturers are responsible for product stewardship and the best outcome is that recalls are undertaken voluntarily and appropriately communicated through the supply chain.
“I’m asking industry to work with us to further increase the transparency around the notification of recalls across the board.”
The matter of herbicide products found to contain low-level contaminants is subject to ongoing formal investigation by the APVMA. At the present time comment is limited to information provided in the previous statement available from the website.

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