The Environmental Protection Agency will allow existing stocks of spirotetramat, the active ingredient in Movento and Ultor insecticides, to continue to be distributed and used within the normal channels of trade.


Spirotetramat is manufactured by Bayer CropScience of Research Triangle Park, N.C.


EPA acknowledged in a press release that the registrations had been cancelled “because of judicial action related to a procedural failure on the part of the agency,” and not because of any risk concerns associated with the product.


Based on its review of hundreds of scientific studies, and after considering public comments submitted concerning existing stocks, EPA reconfirmed its conclusion that there are “no significant risk concerns associated with spirotetramat."


In fact, EPA concluded in the release that “spirotetramat has a more favorable risk profile in terms of human health and the environment than the registered alternatives.”