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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Trade names for captan include Agrox, Captal, Captec, Captol, Captonex, Clomitane, Merpan, Meteoro, Orthocide, Phytocape, Sepicap, Sorene, and Vancide 89. Captan may be found in formulations with a wide range of other pesticides.

Regulatory Status: Captan is a General Use Pesticide (GUP), though most uses of the compound on food crops were cancelled in the U.S. in 1989. It is categorized as toxicity class IV - practically nontoxic. However, it bears the Signal Words DANGER or CAUTION if packaged in concentrated form because it can be irritating to the skin and eyes.

Chemical Class: phthalimide

Introduction: Captan is a nonsystemic phthalimide fungicide used to control diseases of many fruit, ornamental, and vegetable crops. It improves fruit finish by giving it a healthy, bright colored appearance. It is used in agricultural production as well as by the home gardener. A major use of captan is in apple production.

Formulation: Not Available

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Basic Manufacturer:

Drexel Chemical Company
1700 Channel Avenue
Memphis, TN 38113


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

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