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National phase down of mercury – Final Regulation Impact Statement (Exposure Draft)

The NFF is aware that Shirtan®, a fungicide containing Mercury, is currently used by cane growers to control pineapple disease in sugar cane. Shirtan® would need to either be phased out or receive an exemption notice for future use should the Australian Government ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty to curb mercury usage. The NFF recommends to allow sufficient time for growers to be consulted and informed about the phase-out of Shirtan® by 2020 while permitting Australia to meet the requirements of the Minamata Convention.

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