The KFC Certification Committee held their 26th meeting on 4th September 2013. 22 farms were presented to the CC for review;
- KFC Gold & Silver – 3 farms
- KFC Silver – 18 farms
- GLOBALG.A.P – 1 farm.
Among these, 3 were being certified for the first time in which 2 passed while 1 failed the audit. The quarter had the largest number of farm being certified at ago in the last 2 years.
The certification committee noted that since the start of the year, there was no single farm that went without non-compliance(s) on observance of re-entry intervals (REI). The re-entry time (RET) (or re-entry period/interval) can be defined as the minimum amount of time that must pass between the time a pesticide was applied to an area or crop and the time that people can go into that area without protective clothing and equipment.
Importance of observing REI
Re-entry times are set to protect people and animals against poisoning by pesticides if they enter a treated area too soon after application without proper protective equipment.
There are many ways a person can come in contact with a pesticide. In general, exposure to pesticides after they have been applied to their target may occur by:
- Inhalation to vapours, dusts or mists
- Skin contact of residues
- Eye exposure to vapours, dusts or mists, or by rubbing your eyes with your hand, a glove or clothing that is contaminated with pesticide residue
- Ingestion (eating food that has been treated or eating without first washing hands)
When treated plants are touched during work activities such as weeding, thinning, or brushing against plants, some pesticide may be transferred to skin. Workers in a field can also cause residues on plants and on the soil surface to “fly up” as a dust – the dust settles on the worker’s skin and/or is inhaled. People in treated areas may also breathe fumes (vapours) from a recent pesticide application.
Where does one find re-entry times/intervals
The label on the pesticide container provides information on the re-entry times. A pesticide container label consists of several panels of information. If all the information will not fit on these container panels then this extra information may be found in a separate booklet. There could also be stickers, tags, seals, leaflets, brochures and wrappers on, or attached to a container.It is worth noting that KFC follows WHO classification of the active ingredients of the pesticides rather than the classification by formulation that is normally followed by the chemical manufacturers. It is therefore prudent that farm follow the KFC colour coding of the pesticides to ensure proper assigning of REI for each chemical. Furthermore, the WHO classification by actives is also followed by the major international markets.