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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Trade names include Apavinphos, CMDP, ENT 22374, Fosdrin, Gesfid, Meniphos, Menite, Mevinox, Mevinphos, OS-2046, PD5, Phosdrin and Phosfene.

Regulatory Status: Mevinphos is a highly toxic compound in EPA toxicity class I. All emulsifiable and liquid concentrates of mevinphos are classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), due to their acute oral and dermal toxicity and residue effects on mammalian, aquatic and bird species. RUPs may be purchased and used only by certified applicators. Products containing mevinphos must bear the Signal Words DANGER - POISON.

Chemical Class: organophosphate

Introduction: Mevinphos is an organophosphate insecticide used to control a broad spectrum of insects, including aphids, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, cutworms, caterpillars, and many other insects on a wide range of field, forage, vegetable, and fruit crops. It is also an acaricide that kills or controls mites and ticks. It acts quickly both as a contact insecticide, acting through direct contact with target pests, and as a systemic insecticide which becomes absorbed by plants on which insects feed. It is available in concentrate or liquid formulations.

Formulation: It is available in concentrate and liquid formulations.

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Basic Manufacturer:

Amvac Chemical Corp.
4100 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023


References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 5

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