The EPA has extended the use of azinphosmethyl (AZM) for this year allowing fruit growers to use existing stock. Due to bad weather conditions this past year, fruit growers who have existing stock of AZM are permitted to use product through September 30, 2012 on apples, blueberries, sweet and tart cherries, and pears. This decision was reached through feedback on grower impact assessments, which determined that allowing the use of existing stock is a safer disposal method. Use product with caution as AZM can present health risks to workers and can cause negative ecological impacts. All required mitigation measures on current AZM label still hold true and the distribution or sale of AZM is prohibited. Always follow the label. This exception only pertains to existing stock, not new labels. Please see the EPA site for full details.
January 23, 2013