EU releases an officially ban on Chlorothalonil
On April 29, 2019, the European Union issued the Notice Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/677, no longer approving re-appraisal applications for chlorothalonil (CAS No. 1897-45-6). The announcement came into effect on May 20.
According to the announcement, the relevant preparation products should be withdrawn from the market within 6 months from the date of the effective date of the announcement. Each Member State may grant a grace period of six months and, at the latest, revoke all product authorizations containing chlorothalonil by May 2020.
Previously, the European Union's Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) voted to ban chlorothalonil, saying it still has a high environmental risk, a high risk to fish and amphibians, and the degradation products of this component. It may also have a high level of contamination of groundwater. The Scottish Farmers Union (NFU Scotland) warned that the move would cause Scottish farmers to lose an important crop protection product. Union President Ian Sands said that the cessation of chlorothalonil may have a huge impact on barley, wheat production and even the beverage industry, and that the product can still be used in countries other than the EU. For growers, chlorobacteria will be discontinued. It’s not too much to say that it’s a disaster.
The bactericidal spectrum of chlorothalonil is very broad, and it is effective against fungi such as Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Deuteromycetes and Oomycetes. Combined with its unique mechanism of action, excellent compounding properties and non-resistance characteristics, it can be used as an effective means of biocide resistance management. The top five markets for chlorothalonil are the United States, France, China, Brazil and Japan, of which the United States is the largest market, with the main crops being fruits and vegetables and grains as well as non-crops, potatoes, pears and so on. It is understood that the demand for chlorothalonil in Europe is about 5,800 tons, accounting for 20% of global demand. In 2018, the export volume of chlorothalonil in China was 35,000 tons, and the European region accounted for 15% of total exports.