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CPG Sec. 527.600 Use of DDVP (dichlorvos) Strips in Milkhouses and Milkrooms



On January 24, 1972, the Pesticide Regulation Branch of EPA registered the label of DDVP strips for use in milkhouses and milkrooms.

EPA registration policy is "these strips should not be used where exposed food is present, either in food service or in food processing plants. However, we would not construe milkrooms to involve exposed food since modern installations in most dairy facilities keep the milk continuously under careful mechanical control and do not involve any exposure of the product."

"Data has been adduced to support the opinion that the milk in milkhouses or milkrooms does not pick up residues of DDVP under conditions of use of the strips (none by a method reported to be sensitive to a 0.01 ppm). Even if minute but non-detectable residues were incurred, they would be covered by the DDVP tolerance in milk of 0.02 ppm. This tolerance was established on December 1, 1970."


Therefore, it is now the policy of the Food and Drug Administration in its Interstate Milk Shippers Program and its other food programs not to object to the use of DDVP strips in milkhouses and milkrooms when used in accordance with the label directions *approved by EPA.*

No change has been made in regard to the use of such DDVP strips in kitchens, restaurants, or other areas where food is prepared or served. The use of such strips should still be prohibited in these instances.

*Material between asterisks is new or revised.*

Issued: 8/26/76
Revised: 10/1/80, 8/96