Bayer calls for support as Merit Turf is withdrawn

By Alistair May 24, 2015 23:44 Updated

Bayer CropScience has received a formal notification from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) that its granular insecticide Merit® Turf (MAPP No 12415), which many greenkeepers use, is to be withdrawn from the market.

12-15 merit turf Earthway 3100 being used

Formal notification of the revocation has been published on the CRD website. During the re-approval process for the existing Merit® Turf authorisation, the criteria for approval was changed resulting in the revocation of the existing approval. A spokesman for Bayer said the company is working closely with CRD to collate and submit the appropriate data required to meet the revised authorisation criteria.

As is usual in these circumstances, both the manufacturer and the distributor will have a six-month period in which to sell out stock of Merit Turf®. Following this, end users will have a further 12 months in which to use up these stocks.

On this basis, end users will be able to use the product until the end of the 2016 season, but the supply chain must have delivered all stocks of Merit® Turf to end users by October 31, 2015.

This will ensure that end users currently in a planned control programme will be able to purchase sufficient stock to continue their control programme in 2016.

“Bayer are working hard to have Merit® Turf re-registered and available for the 2017 season,” said the spokesman.

“To keep this valuable insecticide, we need your support.

“We would like greenkeepers and turf managers to contact us and share their positive reports, as a result of using Merit® Turf. To support our cause, please get in touch with Dr Colin Mumford at Bayer, to tell us about your experiences, via e-mail: or by phone: 01223 226638.

“To ensure you maintain a supply of Merit Turf for the 2016 season please contact your chosen distributor to discuss your requirements.”


By Alistair May 24, 2015 23:44 Updated

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