An emergency authorisation (EA) for the use of the as yet unapproved sprout suppressant 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene (DMN) in the UK was secured two weeks ago – following an application from AHDB, supported by the Potato Processors Association (PPA) and approval holders DormFresh.
The successful AHDB application, covering 192,000 tonnes across seven key crisping and French Fry varieties, was made after an initial application for all market sectors was rejected by the Chemical Regulations Division (CRD) of HSE.
AHDB consulted with the PPA, NFU, the Fresh Potato Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the British Potato Trade Association (BPTA) before making both applications.
AHDB has prepared a ‘frequently asked questions’ document for store managers who wish to know more. We republish the document here – the original can be found on the AHDB Potatoes website here.
How will the industry be able to use DMN this season?
DMN, marketed by DormFresh Ltd as 1,4-Sight