Label changes in the conditions relating to the use of both Phostoxin® and Talunex® for the nonagricultural control of brown rats resulted in the UK marketing companies putting a temporary suspension on the use of both products for rodent control until a clear and workable process could be agreed by all UK stakeholders.
Additional label requirements for the non-agricultural control of brown rats, moles and rabbits regarding risk areas and gas level monitoring have also been introduced which required clear guidance for operators and trainers.
The updated 2018 version of the RAMPS UK Code of Good Practice has been produced reflecting these changes and give clear additional guidance on all aspects of agricultural and non-agricultural control of brown rats, moles and rabbits.
Key changes to the code are as follows: –
- Page 4 RAMPS Code for Users – Identification of the Fumigation area and Risk area.
- Page 8 & 9 Appendix 3 Gas Level Monitoring – Gives guidance on the monitoring of phosphine gas around the risk area and when granting clearance on conclusion of the treatment.
- Page 10 Appendix 4 Post Treatment Cleaning of Applicators – Gives additional guidance on the cleaning and transport of applicators.
The RAMPS UK Code of Good Practice should be used in conjunction with the new tag labels that combine the agricultural and non-agricultural use of aluminium phosphide for the control of brown rats, moles and rabbits.
As a result of these amendments the suspension of brown rat control has now been lifted.
The 2018 version of the RAMPS UK Code of Good Practice is available on www.ramps-uk.org