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Aluminum Phosphide

TRADE OR OTHER NAMES: Current trade or other names include Fastphos, Fumitoxin, Gastoxin, Max-Kill, Phosfume, Phostoxin and Weevilcide (1, 213). Al-phos, Celphide, Celphine, Celphos, Detia-Gas-Ex, and Quick Tox may have been used in previous formulations (1, 212).

REGULATORY STATUS: Aluminum Phosphide is a Restricted Use Pesticide so may be purchased and used only by certified applicators (211). It is in EPA Toxicity Class I and products containing it must bear the signal word DANGER (1, 211). Aluminum Phosphide was first registered for use in the United States in the late 1950s (213).

INTRODUCTION: Aluminum phosphide is an inorganic phosphide used to control insects and rodents in a variety of settings. It is mainly used as an indoor fumigant at crop transport, storage or processing facilities (or in shipholds, railcars, etc.) for both food and non-food crops (1, 212). It may also be used as an utdoor fumigant for burrowing rodent and mole control, or in baits for rodent control in crops (212). Aluminum Phosphide is available in pellet and tablet form, and is also available in porous blister packs, sachets or as dusts (212, 213). As in the case of Phostoxin, it may be formulated as 55% active ingredient along with ammonium carbamate and inert ingredients (212, 214).





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References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 10

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