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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Farm manager fined $10,000 for chemical misuse

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    Farm manager fined $10,000 for chemical misuse

    The manager of an Emerald farm has been fined $10,000 in the Emerald Magistrates Court for misusing agricultural chemicals.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the manager pleaded guilty to a breach of the Chemical Usage (Agriculture &Veterinary) Control Act 1988.

    “The manager was charged after a Biosecurity Queensland officer conducted routine sampling of table grapes during harvest operations in November 2016,” Mr Furner said.

    “Analysis of these samples by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries chemical residue laboratory in Brisbane revealed a significant level of dimethoate residue.

    “It was determined that the use of this agricultural chemical product was in contravention of the label instructions for the product and in breach of the relevant legislation.

    “Users of agricultural chemical products need to pay particular attention to label instructions and, if still uncertain, check with their chemical reseller, agronomist or other advisory service providers about their responsibilities in regards to chemical application.”

    Mr Furner said the size of the fine imposed underlined the significant responsibility attached to the responsible use of agricultural chemical products.

    “Although it is unclear in this case if the misuse was deliberate or careless, the fine imposed sends a clear message to all users of agricultural chemical products,” Mr Furner.

    “Primary producers, ground and aerial spraying contractors and other users of these products are responsible for ensuring that all necessary precautions are undertaken in their use and that such use is in accordance with the label instructions.

    “The proper and responsible use of agricultural chemical products is critical in terms of maintaining the integrity of biosecurity systems, protecting the environment and protecting human health.

    “Biosecurity Queensland takes seriously its responsibilities to the people of Queensland and encourages all users of agricultural chemical products to take the same approach to chemical preparation and application.” 

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