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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Product names for pesticides containing dinoseb include Basanite, Caldon, Chemox, Chemsect DNBP, Dinitro, Dynamyte, Elgetol, Gebutox, Hel-Fire, Kiloseb, Nitropone, Premerge, Sinox General, Subitex, and Vertac Weed Killer.

Regulatory Status: The use of dinoseb was cancelled in the U.S. in 1986. This action was based on the potential risk of birth defects and other adverse health effects for applicators and other persons with substantial dinoseb exposure. This pesticide is not commercially available in the U.S.

Dinoseb is a highly toxic compound. Prior to its ban, it was a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP), and products containing dinoseb were required to be labeled with a DANGER Signal Word.

Chemical Class: phenolic compound

Introduction: Dinoseb is a phenolic herbicide used in soybeans, vegetables, fruits and nuts, citrus, and other field crops for the selective control of grass and broadleaf weeds (e.g., in corn). It is also used as an insecticide in grapes, and as a seed crop drying agent. It is produced in emuslifiable concentrates or as water soluble ammonium or amine salts. The information presented here pertains to the technical grade of dinoseb unless otherwise specified.

Formulation: It is produced in emuslifiable concentrates or as water soluble ammonium or amine salts.

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Basic Manufacturer:

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

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