Approval for potato herbicide active ingredient, linuron has not been renewed by the European Commission Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which reports decisions made by SCoPAFF, said that approval had not been renewed because the available evidence showed that linuron has endocrine disrupting properties that may cause adverse effects on endocrine organisms in humans and non-target organisms.
Graham Tomalin, potato agronomist at VCS Agronomy, said he expected the latest date for end of sales of linuron-containing products to be June 2017 and end of use on farm to be by June 2018 although there is a possibility it may be earlier, he said.
“No-one wanted to spend the money on it to get it through the next round of regulations which is unfortunate,” said Mr Tomalin.
Products containing linuron include Lingo, Afalon, Cleancrop Affable, Datura and Nightjar.