The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is strengthening its stance on recall notifications with a shift in policy, after a Shepparton MP raised concerns about contaminated herbicide products last month.
The policy change will see APVMA publish information about voluntary and compulsory recalls of agvet chemical products on its website.
State Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed urged the Victorian Government to inform crop growers of a recall of certain herbicides as well as their rights in relation to damages after it was reported that major agri-chemical companies Nufarm, Crop Care and Syngenta had to recall herbicides due to crop contamination.
APVMA chief executive officer Chris Parker said APVMA was aware of its responsibilities to protect the confidential and commercial information of registrants and this would be balanced with the responsibility to safeguard people, animals, the environment and agricultural industries from harm.
‘‘There’s no legislative trigger for the APVMA to publish information about a voluntary recall,’’ Dr Parker said.
‘‘We wouldn’t ordinarily provide information that isn’t already in the public domain, however we are changing the current approach.’’
The matter of herbicide products found to contain low-level contaminants is subject to ongoing formal investigation by APVMA.
■APVMA will publish information about compulsory and voluntary recalls at: apvma.gov.au