The EU has announced that 30 May 2010 is the date when the approval of all pesticides containing bifenthrin will cease and sales to the UK public must stop.
The public will have a further 12 months after sales cease in which to store and use up any remaining products that contain bifenthrin. Gardeners use bifenthrin products to control insects.
Scotts Miracle-Gro has introduced alternatives such as BugClear Ultra Concentrate and BugClear Ultra Gun! for decorative plants and BugClear Gun! for Fruit & Veg and BugClear Concentrate for Fruit and Veg for edible crops.
Alternative formulations to replace RoseClear-branded products are now approved and will be despatched with spring orders from February 2010. They include new product RoseClear for Bugs, a liquid concentrate using the systemic insecticide acetamiprid, and RoseClear 4 Gun!, a ready-to-use formulation of natural active ingredients, sulphur and fatty acids that promises to reduce infections of mildew and give useful control of greenfly, whitefly, red spider mite and thrips.
Scotts marketing head Paula Parker said: “Changes to formulations are not new for the RoseClear brand and many gardeners will welcome the introduction of RoseClear 4 Gun! that uses natural active ingredients to provide dual action pest and disease control in a ready-to-use hand sprayer. As you would expect, our development team worldwide will continue to work on the creation of even better RoseClear products as new active ingredients and better formulations become available.”