State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has urged the Victorian Government to inform crop growers of a recall of certain herbicides as well as their rights in relation to damages.
Ms Sheed was speaking in Victorian Parliament on June 20 and said the contamination of crops by herbicides from major agri-chemical companies Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta was ruining Australia’s reputation.
She said ‘clean and green’ was the label ‘‘we proudly place on our locally produced fruit and vegetables and other agricultural produce’’.
‘‘ Australian food products are regarded throughout the world as being safe and of high quality. It is essential that we maintain that reputation, but the reputation is in jeopardy,’’ she said.
Crop Care sent a letter to growers in March re-affirming its commitment to supporting anyone who might have been impacted by the contamination of its Ramrod Flowable Herbicide.
‘‘In November 2016, Crop Care became aware of a contamination issue with a limited number of batches of its Ramrod herbicide product manufactured by a third party. Upon becoming aware of this issue, Crop Care followed recognised industry recall protocol,’’ Crop Care customer marketing manager Chris Ramsey said.
‘‘These steps included proactively contacting and supporting growers that may have used the product and, where damage has been reported, in the case by case review, an independent loss adjuster has been appointed to manage cases.’’
Ms Sheed said 200000 litres of the tainted herbicide had been in supply stores for up to two years before being voluntarily recalled in December 2016 and January this year.
Syngenta has also recalled a further 10 batches of its herbicide GESAGARD in the past week. This was on top of four batches it recalled in January.
On Friday, Ms Sheed called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate the regulations around recalls of agrochemical products.