It has recently come to light that the European Commission is proposing to class monitoring traps that contain attractants, as biocides. This would include storage moth traps incorporating a pheromone lure, and cockroach traps.
Insect monitors with attractants are an essential part of Integrated Pest Management and without a doubt this proposal would be catastrophic for the food industry.
The likely consequence of this decision is that these products will, imminently, be lost from the European pest control market, at least during a very long and costly approval process.
Furthermore, those companies which manufacture such devices may well not be willing to invest in gaining approval for such products, which are ‘niche’ and for which the economic return may well not justify the approval cost.
In short, if we lose these products now we may never see them return.
Representations can be made by yourself on this matter, or pass on this email to the person within your company who might be responsible for such matters.
The proposal will be voted on at the next Standing Committee on Biocidal Products, part of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety. This meeting takes place over three days –10, 11 and 12 May – so comments need to be sent in before 10 May.
You may make a difference to the ultimate decision; therefore send your comments to: Dr Alfonso Las Heras, European Commission, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explain the importance of these products to you and how this decision would affect your business.