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Valent Issues Statement on Dinotefuran Temporary Use Restriction in Oregon

This page will be updated as events warrant.

June 28, 2013

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation received notification that the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) put a temporary use restriction on insecticides containing the active ingredient dinotefuran.

This restriction applies to applications on landscape trees and shrubs, nursery and greenhouse plants, turfgrass, forests and agricultural crops for 180 days, effective June 27, 2013.

More information on this rule can be found on the ODA web site:  http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/PEST/PAGES/POLLINATOR.ASPX

Valent is in communication with state and local authorities and has responded swiftly to requests for information. We do not believe the scope of these measures is necessary with the information available, and we will work to get the restrictions lifted as soon as possible.

The rule does not restrict sales of insecticides containing dinotefuran in the state of Oregon.

However, we are committed to product stewardship and are taking the following action:

  • We have notified our distributors in Oregon to ensure they are aware of the temporary use restriction on dinotefuran applications
  • A temporary hold has been placed on product shipments to Oregon of Valent insecticides containing dinotefuran

Valent products are extensively tested according to rigorous scientific guidelines and are labeled to protect the health and safety of consumers, workers and the environment, including pollinators.

We are actively conducting outreach with our customers and industry partners to reinforce the importance of responsible use according to label guidelines.

 

Valent Issues Statement on Safari Bee Incident in Oregon

June 25, 2013

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation has issued the following statement regarding the recent event in Oregon involving Safari® Insecticide:

"Valent is awaiting results from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) investigation regarding last week’s unfortunate incident in Wilsonville, Ore.  The Safari label includes language to protect pollinators, specifically directing applicators not to apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds if bees are present in the area. According to the timeline of the application, the trees in question were in bloom.

Valent is committed to pollinator protection. Immediately after being alerted to this incident, Valent dispatched a company entomologist to Wilsonville to work with the ODA. Additionally, we’ve committed a donation to the City of Wilsonville toward the purchase and installation of protective netting for the trees in question.

Valent also promotes the responsible use of our products, and we are actively conducting outreach with our customers and industry partners to reinforce the importance of responsible use according to label guidelines. An incident report will also be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, as required by law.

We await more complete information from the ODA investigation and continue to actively monitor the situation."