Cylinderized phosphine receives food registration

by Emily Wilson
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late August granted full food registration for ECO2FUME, a cylinderized phosphine fumigant. The registration allows the phosphine and carbon dioxide-based fumigant to be used in place of methyl bromide in flour mills, grain and food processing plants.

The Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the industrial gas company BOC discovered ECO2FUME in Australia in the 1980s. The cylinderized phosphine is used on over 50% of the wheat stored in Australia and is registered for use in Cypress, Germany, Bahrain, China and now the U.S.

Cytec Industries, Inc., West Paterson, New Jersey, is the registrant for ECO2FUME in the United States. Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc., West-field, Indiana, will coordinate the training program.