Last Friday, the European Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (ScoPAFF) voted on a proposal to ban sprout inhibitor Chlorpropham (or CIPC), widely used in the potato industry.
The European Commission wants to ban the sprout inhibitor that is formally regulated as a pesticide. However, in the ScoPAFF were not enough votes to approve the ban.
Of the 28 European member states, 16 countries voted in favour of a ban. However, in order for the ban to be approved, thee countries that vote in favour also must represent 65% of the European population. This was not the case. Belgium voted in favour of a ban, the Netherlands withheld its vote.
This means that for now the potato industry can continue its use of CIPC. However, potatopro.com stresses this is not expected to last indefinitely.