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Ronilan Accelerated Phase Out

BASF Canada is accelerating the phase out of Ronilan® fungicide for use on canola from the Canadian marketplace, effective early 2009.

BASF had put the necessary measures in place to phase Ronilan out of the Canadian marketplace in 2010. The decision to accelerate this process, however, is based on a number of factors, including:

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not renew the canola tolerances for vinclozolin (the active ingredient in Ronilan) which means that any canola treated with Ronilan in the 2009 season will not be acceptable for shipment to the U.S.;
  • Although Ronilan is still registered for use on a number of crops in Canada, canola is a commodity crop which is traded internationally and cannot be easily segregated; and
  • BASF has next generation fungicide products in the marketplace that provide superior control, a broader crop label and improved flexibility to export markets.

The phase out process in Canada is as follows:

  • BASF discontinued sales of Ronilan to distributors and retailers as of December 31, 2008;
  • Effective immediately, the sale of Ronilan fungicide by retailers in Canada is being discontinued; and
  • All Ronilan currently in the marketplace for use on canola should be returned to the grower’s retailer where a credit will be provided at full distributor price and it will be replaced with Lance® fungicide.

Please note, canola legally treated with Ronilan in 2008 can be exported to the US under specific provisions within the US Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.

BASF Canada is committed to ensuring that our products allow growers broad marketability. In support of this commitment and in consultation with the Canola Council of Canada, BASF believes that an accelerated phase out is in the best interest of canola growers and the canola industry.

Your understanding of and support for this initiative is very important to the success of this phase out process.

Media Relations:
Tabetha Boot
Tel: 403-461-1253