Vulcan Receives Reduced Signal Word

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The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a signal word change for MANA’s Vulcan insecticide label. Hear the complete interview with MANA’s Western Region Marketing Leader, John Descary.
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The following is a news release from MANA on the new signal word designation.

Vulcan™ insecticide receives new signal word designation

• EPA approves signal word change from “Warning” to “Caution” on Vulcan insecticide label
• Reduced signal word designation helps provide greater peace of mind for users
• Vulcan offers a low-impact formulation that does not compromise performance

RALEIGH, N.C. – MANA announces that the EPA has approved a label change for Vulcan™ insecticide, which authorizes use of a “Caution” signal word designation on the product label. Revised from its previous signal word designation of “Warning,” Vulcan is now within the lowest category of toxicity ratings for agricultural chemicals.

“The significance of this label change means pesticide users and applicators have greater peace of mind knowing that Vulcan reduces the risk of exposure or the potential for injury versus products with more restrictive signal words,” said Dave Downing, MANA brand leader. “Vulcan is considered a next-generation emusifiable concentrate (EC) formulation that delivers excellent pest control and reduced odor within a user-friendly and environmentally sound platform. It is also the only liquid chlorpyrifos product for agricultural use with a “Caution” signal word on its label.”

According to Downing, Vulcan is ideal for growers who want a more sustainable option for pest management on their high-value crops.

“It has a better environmental profile than traditional EC formulations. And unlike traditional EC products and their suspension concentrate (SC) alternatives, Vulcan offers a low-impact formulation that will not compromise on performance,” Downing added.

EPA guidelines for signal words
The EPA requires pesticide manufacturers to prominently display signal word designations on their product labels, which represent the determined toxicity levels of each formulation. Signal words fall into four categories, comprising (from most to least toxic) Danger-Poison, Danger, Warning and Caution. The only pesticide products not required to display the operative signal word are those that fall into the lowest toxicity category by all routes of exposure, which includes oral, dermal, inhalation and other effects like eye and skin irritation.

Vulcan received registration approval from the EPA in February 2012. It is currently labeled for use on corn, soybeans, wheat, pome fruit, tree nuts, grapes, citrus, vegetables and other crops. Chlorpyrifos, the active ingredient in Vulcan, is a proven and widely used pesticide for fast-acting and efficacious control of yield-robbing insects.

About MANA
MANA offers the most comprehensive and diversified product portfolio in the crop protection industry with more than 60 formulations of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, plant growth regulators and harvest aids. These proven products are efficiently manufactured to the highest standards and value-priced to optimize the farm’s profitability potential. As the North American arm of the world’s seventh largest agrochemical company, MANA provides best-in-class formulations, regulatory capabilities, field research, and a science-based approach to defend and maintain vital active ingredients that other companies have abandoned. Our area business management team throughout the U.S. supports the distributors, retailers, crop consultants and agronomists who are part of the supply chain that farmers and farm managers rely on for localized expertise. MANA is a North American wholly owned affiliate of Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd (MAI). Additional information about MANA can be found online at

About Makhteshim Agan
Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd helps farmers around the world to increase the yield of their crops through the production and distribution of crop protection solutions. In 2011, the company’s revenues were over $2.69 billion,
and it is ranked seventh in the world in the overall agrochemicals industry. The company is known for its extensive knowledge and experience, outstanding technological and engineering abilities, expertise in product registration, compliance with stringent environmental protection standards, strict quality control, and global marketing and distribution channels.

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