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Restrain sprout inhibitor approved for use in Germany

The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) recently approved the ethylene-based sprout inhibitor Restrain as a safe crop protection product with immediate effect.

The approval applies to the treatment of potatoes (for both domestic consumption and starch production), as well as for onions, garlic, shallots, propagating material, and tomatoes.

European potato and onion growers are in urgent need of anti-germination treatments such as Restrain because the standard agent, CIPC, has been prohibited in all European Union member states since this storage season.

According to Andreas Fust, Sales Manager for Restrain in Germany:

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