There was a thread on 1080 a month or so ago, so for those of you who
are interested ...
Media Release - NRA to review registration of popular fox bait
NRA 01/10 4 December 2001
The current uses of the widely used fox bait 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate)
may have to change in the long term following an announcement today by
the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary
NRA Executive Manager, Mr Peter Raphael said the decision to reconsider
the registration of 1080 early next year had arisen due to increasing
environmental concerns over the accidental poisoning of other animals.
'1080 is widely used in the control of animal pests, mainly the fox, and
is administered in bait form. The death of native fauna and other non
target species, such as domestic dogs, has been linked to direct
consumption of the baits or the consumption of poisoned animals,' Mr
'Before the review begins next year the NRA will prepare a Review Scope
Document, which is intended to increase both the transparency and
efficiency of chemical review process. This document will pinpoint those
factors critical in conducting the review. It will also outline the
current use patterns of 1080, explain the reasons for the review and
identify any gaps in the available information.'
'In order to complete this document, the NRA is seeking information on
1080 from users, industry groups and interested parties on chemical
application, accidental poisonings and possible measures to minimise
these risks. The Review Scope Document will be made available in early
2002 when the NRA formally announces the reconsideration of 1080,' Mr
'1080 is an important and effective tool for the control of animal pests
and the key issue at hand is to ensure that baits are only taken by the
target species (fox) and that only the required dose is applied,' Mr
Comments should be submitted to the NRA by COB 31 January 2002 by either
email or by mail.
The NRA's chemical review program reconsiders the registration of
agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the marketplace where potential
risks to safety and performance have been identified.
Peter Raphael 02 6272 5248 or Dennis O'Leary 02 6272 3797
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