EPA pulls pesticide products that may be harmful to bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered all pesticide products containing the active ingredient sulfoxaflor to be prohibited from sale as of Nov. 12, 2015.

Officials say the insecticide could be harmful to bees and further studies are needed. Some of these pesticides were sold and used in Hawaii.

Effective immediately, all pesticides licenses for sulfoxaflor-containing products have been canceled in the state of Hawaii. These include:

  • Closer SC (EPA Reg. No. 62719-623)
  • Sequoia (EPA Reg. No. 62719-623)
  • Transform WG (EPA Reg. No. 62719-625)
  • Xxpire WG (EPA Reg. No. 62719-676)
  • Seeker (EPA Reg. No. 62719-677)

The order prohibits the sale of sulfoxaflor-containing products beginning Nov. 12. Dealers, distributors, and retailers with existing stocks of these products may not legally sell or give away product.

Sulfoxaflor products may only be distributed to facilitate return to the manufacturer or for proper disposal or lawful export.

Growers with sulfoxaflor-containing product may continue to use products according the directions on the container labels until stocks are exhausted.

For more information, contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Pesticides Branch Registration & Technical Review Unit at 808-973-9415 or email hdoapestreg@hawaii.gov.

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