Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
82 Farm Safety In these cases, a permit issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is necessary to legalise the use. The off-label use of veterinary chemicals must be authorised by a veterinary practitioner if used to treat cattle, sheep, pigs or poultry unless the dose rate is less than that stated on the label directions for that particular species and use. Note that other off-label use restrictions apply. ‘Restricted use’ chemicals cannot be used off-label unless DPI has issued a Section 25A permit, authorising the off-label use. Off-label use is not recommended by DPI and is not included within a manufacturer’s warranty. All aspects of off-label use are the user’s responsibility, including efficacy, chemical residues in produce and the environment, environmental safety and occupational health and safety issues. Visit the DPI Chemical Standards website for the restrictions applicable to the off-label use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP) In Victoria, a person must hold a valid Agricultural Chemical User Permit (ACUP), or be working under the direct supervision (i.e. within sight and sound) of an ACUP holder to use agricultural chemical products that: • are ‘restricted use’ chemicals • contain gaseous methyl bromide, chloropicrin or phosphine for fumigation • contain pindone concentrate for the preparation of poison baits • contain 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate). An ACUP is also required to purchase agricultural chemical products classified as ‘restricted supply’ chemicals by the APVMA, including pest animal poison baits, endosulfan and mevinphos. An ACUP is not required by people working under a Commercial Operator Licence or a Pilot Chemical Rating Licence issued by DPI, or a Pest Control Operator Licence issued by DHS, or who operate under a recognised quality assurance program. To apply for an ACUP, which is valid for 10 years from the date of issue, a person must successfully complete an accredited course in agricultural chemical use, such as ChemCert or SMART Train. No additional training is required to renew an ACUP. An ACUP application form is available from the DPI Chemical Standards website or the DPI Customer Service Centre. Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) The maximum residue limit (MRL) is the highest concentration of an agricultural or veterinary chemical residue allowed in food. Following the application rate and frequency, as well as applicable withholding period stated on the chemical product label is critical to ensuring the Australian MRL is not exceeded. Spray drift and off-target damage It is an offence to undertake agricultural spraying that causes damage to plants or stock outside of the target area, or that damages land outside the target area so that stock or agricultural produce grown on it would likely be contaminated. Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCAs) Nine Agricultural Chemical Control Areas (ACCAs) have been established in Victoria to protect herbicide sensitive and high value crops from damage. The types of herbicides, their method of application and the periods in which the chemicals can be used are restricted in these areas. Visit the DPI Chemical Standards website for detailed ACCA maps and information on the restrictions in force. Further information For further information on agricultural and veterinary chemical use in Victoria, contact the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/ chemicalstandards. Copies of the Regulations can be downloaded from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website at www.legislation.vic.gov.au. The latest MRLs are available from the Food Standards Australian and New Zealand (FSANZ) website at www.foodstandards.gov.au. Following good agricultural practice (GAP) will ensure compliance with these levels. Note: MRLs of importing countries are often stricter than those set for Australia. Produce supplied to these markets must comply with the requirements of importing countries to ensure continued market access.
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