Fresh/ Table, Storage

UK: Potato sprout suppressant limits cut again this autumn

PotatoesThe maximum limit for a key sprout suppressant has been further reduced for the coming spud storage season, farmers are being warned. This reduction is part of the gradual annual reduction in CIPC (chlorpropham) rates in order to prevent further cases of it being found in fresh and processed potatoes, thus securing its future use. CIPC is a vital tool for the potato industry in preventing sprouting, as there are no real alternatives available. But residues were being found in potatoes and back in 2007, The Advisory Committee on Pesticides raised concerns over CIPC. This prompted the industry to establish a stewardship scheme and one of the measures in recent years has been the reduction in maximum limits. More

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