1 December 2017
Crop protection companies must take responsibility for their products
Victorian horticultural producers pride themselves on their clean, green and safe image, but the recent reports of additional chemical contamination are putting this reputation at risk.
The President of the VFF Horticulture Group, Emma Germano, is calling for chemical companies to show leadership and take responsibility for the products they sell.
“The VFF is concerned confidence in the Australian regulatory framework will be eroded by the new claims. The fact that products unregistered for use in Australia have been found in products that had already been investigated is extremely concerning.”
Croplife’s Code of Conduct states that product stewardship covers an ag chemical product throughout its entire life cycle. Both the companies at the centre of the allegations are members of Croplife. Given their stated focus is on the safety and sustainability of Australian farmers, it is reasonable to expect their product stewardship would support farmers should adverse impacts occur.
“Growers who have purchased a product in good faith and suffered adverse effects from those products deserve support from the companies involved.” Ms Germano said.
“Australia needs a strong, well-resourced chemical regulator capable of supporting our industry. APVMA clearly need support to ensure the chemical manufacturers are undertaking the Quality Assurance processes on their product supply chains. Let’s ensure they have the resources they need to do the job.”
“At the end of the day, we have growers who have been severely impacted by contamination. They bought the products in good faith and have been let down by the system. Rather than sweeping the issue under the rug, a grower focussed recall and restitution process must be implemented, and the chemical companies must be the ones to pay the compensation,” Ms Germano concluded.
Emma Germano, VFF Horticulture President, 0423 774 477