Fumigant methyl bromide is under a moratorium; how safe is a replacement?

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Fumigant methyl bromide is under a moratorium; how safe is a replacement?

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David McBride

Alternative agents to fumigate logs come with their own hazards
Alternative agents to fumigate logs come with their own hazards

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

One option for replacing methyl bromide as a log fumigant is ethanedinitrile, but being an organic cyanide, it comes with its own cautions

Quarantine and pre-shipment procedures in ports involve the fumigation of imported goods prior to quarantine and of export goods prior to shipment.
References

1. Hall A, Isom G, Rockwood G. Toxicology of Cyanides and Cyanogens. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell; 2015.

2. Gidlow D. Hydrogen cyanide-an update. Occup Med (Lond) 2017;67(9):662-63. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqx121