2012 News Releases

New Maximum Residue Level in Korea for Danitol® Insecticide

Fenpropathrin Import Tolerance Eases Concern over Cherry Exports

March 14, 2012

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced that the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) has set a maximum residue level (MRL) for Danitol® Insecticide in cherries.

Effective Feb. 1, the KFDA set a 5.0-ppm import tolerance for fenpropathrin, the active ingredient in Danitol. That is the same level of tolerance permitted by the United States Food and Drug Administration. As a result, growers who use Danitol to protect their orchards from insects such as the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) can now export their fruit to Korea with confidence.

Valent is working toward establishing a similar MRL with Taiwan.

“Valent is grateful for the support and coordination provided by the California Cherry Advisory Board and its consultant, Bryant Christie, Inc.,” said Dan Fay, technology operations manager at Valent. “This collaboration helped us obtain the MRL and resolve this issue quickly for the benefit of cherry growers and buyers in the United States and Korea.”

Danitol provides cherry growers with excellent control of a broad spectrum of insects, including invasive insects such as SWD. This relatively new scourge of cherries became a concern for growers in 2010, and it now occurs in many fruit-growing regions.

For more information on Danitol, please visit www.valent.com/danitol.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect agricultural crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, plant growth regulator, seed protection and fungicide products for agricultural and professional use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.

For more information on the full Valent product line, call 800-6-VALENT (682-5368) or visit the Valent Web site at www.valent.com.