Graincorp issues farmer alert over Phosphine
GRAINCORP has received several deliveries of grain from on-farm storages with unacceptably high levels of Phosphine and as a result has issued this alert for all farmers, including those in the Gympie region.
"When used correctly by growers, grain handlers and transporters, Phosphine is a safe and effective method of controlling pests of stored grain.
"Incorrect use of Phosphine is not only illegal; it can be dangerous.
"It poses a serious health, safety and potential export market risk and may lead to insect resistance.
"Phosphine should only be used strictly in accordance with the label and MSDS directions.
"Your health can be seriously impaired through consistent exposure to Phosphine gas at levels equal to or above 0.3 parts per million (ppm).
"Transporting grain fumigated with Phosphine where the detectable level of gas is greater than or equal to 0.3 ppm is illegal.
"All grain fumigated with Phosphine must be correctly ventilated prior to transportation.
" GrainCorp is committed to a safe working environment for our customers and employees.
"If the level of Phosphine in a load is equal to or above 0.3 ppm, the load may be classified as 'Goods too Dangerous to be Transported', and all parties loading and transporting inappropriately fumigated grain may be fined or prosecuted.
"In the event of a breach, GrainCorp will reject the load and follow established procedures which may include notifying the Police, Transportation Departments, WorkCover and Emergency Services. GrainCorp will fully cooperate with the authorities which may result in fines and criminal prosecution.
"Please contact your local GrainCorp office for more information."