Pesticide News

for 2015

Cancellation Order Issued for Sulfoxaflor

On November 12, 2015, EPA issued a cancellation order for all previously registered Sulfoxaflor products. This cancellation order is in response to the September 10, 2015, order of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that EPA improperly approved the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act registrations of the pesticide sulfoxaflor; the court’s order became effective on November 12. 

Pursuant to EPA’s cancellation order, and beginning November 12, 2015, distribution or sale by the registrant of cancelled sulfoxaflor products is prohibited, unless such distribution or sale is for the purpose of disposal or export.  Also, stocks of cancelled products held by persons other than the registrant may not be commercially distributed in the United States, but instead may be distributed only to facilitate return to the manufacturer or for proper disposal or lawful export.  Use of existing stocks by end users is permitted provided such use is consistent in all respects with the previously-approved labeling for the product. 

The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act tolerances, also known as maximum pesticide residue levels for sulfoxaflor are not affected by either the court's decision or EPA’s cancellation order, so crops that have been properly treated with sulfoxaflor or that may be treated with existing stocks as described in the final cancellation order can still be sold legally.


EPA: See Our New Web Page on Secondary and Service Containers for Pesticides

We have a new Web page that compiles information about secondary containers and service containers and addresses frequently asked questions. Secondary and service containers are used by the pesticide industry as part of the process of applying pesticides. For example, many pesticide products used by applicators come in a concentrated form and must be diluted for use. The secondary container might be used to hold the diluted pesticide. In other cases, an applicator may want a smaller service container (to be filled from the large container) for ease of use. Neither type of container may be used for distribution or sale. While containers used in this way are not required to be labeled, EPA’s recommendations for labeling are intended to help ensure the safe use of pesticides.

This webpage combines and replaces information previously found on the Labeling Questions and Answers page and in the Label Review Manual. This is not new guidance, but the EPA hopes this new resource will make information on secondary and service containers easier to find and will lead to improved handling of these containers.

The Web page is designed to help pesticide registrants and applicators:

  • understand EPA’s definition of secondary and service containers;
  • learn about EPA’s recommendations for good management practices when labeling secondary and service containers; and,
  • learn how to properly identify the contents of a secondary or service container, including when the pesticide is diluted.

This new Web page can be found at:

********************************************************************************************************* Biopesticides Website Updated  

As part of EPA’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, we have transformed our biopesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on the regulation and registration of biopesticides should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones.

Biopesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. For example, canola oil and baking soda have pesticidal applications and are considered biopesticides. There are numerous advantages to using biopesticides, including reduced toxicity to non-target organisms, effectiveness in small quantities, and reduced environmental impact.

The updated website focuses on providing general information on biopesticides, as well as tools to assist applicants for registration.

The website is organized into the following areas:

  • What are biopesticides?
  • Biopesticide registration information
  • Plant incorporated protectants (PIPs)
  • Where can I find more information on biopesticides?

The old Web pages will redirect to the new website, and we encourage visitors to update their bookmarks with the new URLs.

The address for the new website is


Distribution of Certain Mouse and Rat Control Products Ends

On April 1, 2015, Reckitt Benckiser ceased all distribution of 12 d-CON products that do not meet EPA’s current safety standards. EPA reached an agreement with Reckitt, the manufacturer, to cancel these products because they are sold without a protective bait station and pose risks to children and pets. Additionally, eight of the 12 products pose unacceptable risks to certain wildlife. Retailers may sell and consumers may buy these products according to the label until stocks are exhausted.  Users of these d-CON products must read and follow the product label instructions.

Household rodenticide products that comply with the Agency’s safety criteria are widely available and are required to be sold and used with a bait station in most use scenarios. EPA encourages consumers to use rodenticide products with bait stations, as proper use of a bait station reduces the risk of accidental exposure to children, pets, and non-target wildlife. 

• Learn more about the cancellation of these 12 d-Con products.

• Find examples of household rodenticide products that meet EPA safety criteria.


The Center for Integrated Pest Management has launched the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship website. This site is designed for anyone who applies, sells, stores or disposes of pesticides. The website complements the work of Extension agents and Pesticide Safety Education Programs. It covers a wide variety of stewardship topics ranging from storage, handling and disposal, drift runoff and has an extensive section for Homeowners.

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