All active ingredient release times comply with pre-harvest intervals established by the U.S. EPA
MONTREAL, Jan. 25, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - Imaflex Inc. ("Imaflex" or the "Corporation") (TSXV: IFX), announces positive independent results for the ADVASEAL® Release Study (the "Study"). The release times of all five crop protection products ("active ingredients" or "TGAI"1) coated on ADVASEAL® are in compliance with the pre-harvest intervals established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"These conclusive results bring us one step closer to the potential commercialization of ADVASEAL® as a viable pre-plant soil fumigation alternative," said Mr. Joe Abbandonato, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imaflex. As a reminder, the Study was required to determine the exact timing each active ingredient coated on ADVASEAL® is released into the soil. This is needed to show compliance with the pre-harvest intervals established by the EPA, which is essentially the wait period required between the last application (release) of an active ingredient and when a crop can be harvested for safe human consumption.
The Study included two soil bed moisture levels at time of ADVASEAL's® application and two independent drip irrigation frequencies. More specifically, initial soil bed moisture levels at application were set at either 75% or 100% soil capacity, while irrigation intervals after applying the film were either once (day eight) or twice (day eight and fifteen). Regardless of treatment used, the release times of all active ingredients were found to be in compliance with permitted pre-harvest intervals.
"Imaflex has one remaining step before submitting the registration package for EPA approval of ADVASEAL® as a new physical pesticide formulation," said Mr. Abbandonato. Four of the five active ingredients used on ADVASEAL® come from Asia and are not yet registered in the U.S.A. To simplify their registration as generic pesticides Imaflex has mandated a lab to prove their equivalence with TGAIs already registered and marketed in the U.S.A. More specifically, the EPA needs information on the purity and impurities of the active ingredients being used by Imaflex in order to assess whether their impurities and toxicological profiles are similar to those already registered. This includes using analytical reference standards for all impurities to allow for accurate calibration (quantification) as most analytical instrumentation is comparative. As reference standards for the impurities associated with two of the generic active ingredients are not commercially available, some additional lab work is required and submission of the ADVASEAL® and generic TGAI registration package is now targeted for around summer 2021.
"Going forward, holding our own TGAI registration should provide Imaflex with greater autonomy as we commercialize ADVASEAL®, while also making us less reliant on a particular supplier," highlighted Mr. Abbandonato. "Bringing new innovative products to market is often not without its challenges and although the EPA submission is delayed, the benefits of having our own TGAI registration justify the extra time required. We are encouraged by the important milestones we have achieved over the past year with ADVASEAL® and we look forward to reporting on our continued progress."
Today, agricultural films are used in the growing of vegetables worldwide to cover soil treated with fumigants – volatile and toxic pesticides essential for reducing pests, weeds and fungi in the soil, thus supporting good growth of new crop seedlings.
The original EPA approved ADVASEAL® (ADVASEAL® HSM), contained only a herbicide for weed control. The new enhanced ADVASEAL® (also called "ADVASEAL HG") under development also includes fungicides and a nematicide to control soil borne pathogens, thus becoming a complete non-fumigant alternative for soil disinfestation. With ADVASEAL®, modern non-volatile crop protection products can be applied more effectively and safely than with fumigants. The crop protection products are incorporated into a coating, which is then applied to a mulch film. Once the coated film is applied to the ground, the active ingredients are released into the soil under controlled conditions, preventing the over/under-dosing found with current soil disinfestation practices. This new technology dramatically reduces the amount of crop protection products required. The catalyst to trigger the release of the active ingredients is soil moisture. When the film is applied to the soil, they are efficiently and safely discharged into the ground, resulting in heightened productivity, lower costs and notable environmental benefits.
About Imaflex Inc.
Founded in 1994, Imaflex is focused on the development and manufacturing of innovative solutions for the flexible packaging space. Concurrently, the Corporation develops and manufactures films for the agriculture industry. The Corporation's products consist primarily of polyethylene (plastic) film and bags, including metalized plastic film, for the industrial, agricultural and consumer markets. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Imaflex has manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States. The Corporation's common stock is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol IFX. Additional information is available at www.imaflex.com.
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1 A technical grade active ingredient ("TGAI") is used for the manufacturing of pesticide end-use products and contains, in addition to the pure active ingredient, minor amounts of impurities.
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