Mar 22, 2007
Bayer Sells Guthion to MANA

Bayer CropScience has sold the insecticide Guthion (azinphos methyl) to Makhteshim Agan Industries, Israel (MANA).

MANA purchased the European rights to Guthion several years ago. The recent divestiture includes North and South America.

Bayer (BCS) is selling all inventories to MANA, a Bayer spokesman said. There will be no co-marketing. Existing BCS-labeled product owned by distribution and retail channels of trade can still be sold to growers as before.

MANA received the product line, manufacturing and formulation know-how, registration rights, intellectual property rights and existing inventory of the Guthion Solupak brand in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

All responsibilities for any new product will be the responsibility of MANA. BCS will no longer promote Guthion in advertising or other forms of communication.

EPA had intended to cancel use of Guthion in July 1999, but cancellation has been postponed for many uses because suitable substitutes have not been found. Most uses are being canceled in accordance with a schedule announced last fall, and the last use –on apples – has been extended to September of 2012, with the opportunity for re-review then, Bayer said.

Guthion, first introduced in 1962, provides broad-spectrum control of major insects. Its primary use is on apples and pears to control codling moth, apple maggot and oriental fruit moth. Guthion is also labeled for use on cherries, blueberries, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and parsley.

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