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(Updated on Nov 30, 2017) In June and July of 2017, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) tested and found pesticide contamination in several popular neem-based organic insecticides. Below are direct links to the recalls on ODA website (see listing under ODA Pesticide Advisories). As a result of this, a stop-sale has been issued for several neem products listed below. As a researcher working on these products for many years, my goal is to provide producers an alert regarding the complex situation and provide some basic recommendations. Ultimately, organic producers and certifying agencies should decide the best course of action. Producers can also contact the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI, see below) for clarification since they are a nation-wide information source for organic products.
ODA Pesticide Advisories:
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has also developed a factsheet summarizing the misbranded/adulterated neem products that may also be of help to producers.
OMRI has also issued an official statement regarding the situation (Nov 15, 2017) and it also explains the review process. Click here to read the full news release from OMRI.
PBI-Gordon (manufacturer of Azatrol) issued this official response. Please check other company websites for recent updates.
General recommendations for organic vegetable producers in Alabama:
For developing farm-specific insect management options, please contact the author or commercial horticulture regional extension agent in your area.
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