Aldicarb is a carbamate insecticide used in cotton, sugarcane and citrus crops for the control of mites, nematodes and other insect pests.

Aldicarb Review

Status: review completed

The APVMA began a review of aldicarb following reports from the USA linking adverse health and environmental effects to aldicarb use.

In 2001 the APVMA released the Aldicarb Review Final Report (PDF, 207kb). In the report the APVMA found that, considering its presentation in granular form and its application method and use pattern in Australia, there was little likelihood of adverse human health or environmental effects arising from its use. Therefore, there was no reason for the APVMA to discontinue the registration of aldicarb.

The APVMA included new, stronger safety warnings on aldicarb product labels and changed the withholding period for sugarcane. The APVMA also included new directions indicating that cotton trash that has been treated with aldicarb should not be fed to animals. Read a full history of the review.

Review Report Date

Aldicarb Review Final Report:

July 2001


For more information contact:

Chemical Review

Phone: +61 2 6210 4749

Fax: +61 2 6210 4776


Product Search

Search the PUBCRIS database for registered products that contain aldicarb. Note: Enter aldicarb in the Active Constituent 1 field.

APVMA Aldicarb Archive

Title Date
Media Release: Use of Popular Insecticide to Continue July 2001
Preliminary Review Findings (Contact the APVMA for copies of this document) Apr 2001
Media Release: Public Comment Sought on Findings of the Draft Review of Aldicarb Apr 2001

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Get fortnightly, regular updates from the APVMA. Read more