Crystal (Gentian) Violet

Crystal (gentian) violet was formerly used in Australia as a preservative, fungicide, bactericide and anthelmintic and as an indicator dye in veterinary preparations and animal feeds.

There are no veterinary products containing crystal (gentian) violet currently registered for use in Australia.

Crystal Violet Review

Status: Review Completed

The APVMA (formerly the NRA) reviewed the use of crystal violet because of concerns over its demonstrated carcinogenicity and the possible risk to public health.

The APVMA completed the Special Review of Crystal Violet in September 1994 but did not publish a final report. The APVMA recommended withdrawing the Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) for crystal violet and canceling the registration of all related products. Read a full history of the review.

APVMA Crystal Violet Archive

Title Date
Gazette Notice: cancellation of registration for agricultural products (Contact the APVMA for copies of this document) Nov 1994


For more information contact:

Chemical Review

Phone: +61 2 6210 4749

Fax: +61 2 6210 4776


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