Korea sets MRL for spotted wing drosophila insecticide

03/16/2012 04:58:00 PM
The Grower Staff

The Korean Food and Drug Administration has set a maximum residue level, also known as a pesticide tolerance, for Danitol insecticide on cherries.

As of Feb. 1, the Korean MRL was 5 parts per million for fenpropathrin, the active ingredient in Danitol, according to a news release.

That's the same tolerance established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The California Cherry Advisory Board and its consultant, Bryant Christie Inc., helped with the efforts, according to the release.

Danitol is used by cherry growers in the West to protect their fruit from the spotted wing drosophila fly, among other pests.

In the absence of an established MRL, the default level is 0.1 ppm.

Valent U.S.A. Corp., Walnut Creek, Calif., the insecticide's registrant, is working to establish a similar MRL in Taiwan.

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