Commodity & Food Safety: What’s New

Cardinal Professional Products strives to be your source for the latest rules, regulations, trainings, and best practices. We pride ourselves in keeping industry leaders abreast of what's happening. We help educate and advocate to keep food processing facilities free of pest damage. Here you can find the latest news and events related to Commodity and Food Safety.

New Methyl Bromide Post-Harvest Labels

Effective September 30, 2016

EPA has approved new methyl bromide labels for post-harvest commodity use as of September 30, 2016. There will be significant changes with the new labels, which include the use of Fumigation Management Plans (FMP’s), Treatment and Aeration Buffer Zones, Worker and Bystander monitoring of fumigant concentrations and more. We are planning to host several web meetings to review the changes, and will notify you when they will take place. If you are interested in signing up for training, please click here.

California Changes

The main changes that will affect CA methyl bromide users will be:

1. Fumigation Management Plans will be a requirement. FMP Version 6 is now available here.

2. Methyl bromide cannot be stored within 100 feet of a residence. Many sites where applications are restricted are now listed on the label.

3. Fumigation handlers must be under direct on-site supervision of the certified applicator at the start of the fumigation, at the initiation of aeration, and when testing for reentry to the treatment area.

4. A change in the text on danger signs.

5. Emergency Preparedness Measures

a.Option 1, Fumigant site monitoring (on FMP), or

b.Option 2, Providing information on the fumigation to neighbors of the fumigation site.


Copies of the methyl bromide labels, FMP Version 6, New danger signs, and a more detailed summary of the label changes can be downloaded at, or click the following links:



Welcome Kevin Willet District Manager

Cardinal Professional Products announces the employment of Kevin Willet, who will be working as a District Manager in the South Central Valley of California.

Kevin Willet is a graduate of California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business. Kevin was previously a District Manager for DFA of California where he focused on food safety audits, quality inspections and laboratory operations. He is versed in food safety requirements, quality characteristics and technical knowledge.

Kevin also works on his family farm where they grow Thompson Seedless Grapes and almonds. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

We are very excited that Kevin is part of our team! Kevin can be reached at (559) 267-8935 or


Newsletter August 2015

    In This Issue:

  • What Is HARPC?
  • Food Plant Pest Management Today
  • Ask The Expert: Pheromones
  • New California PPE Regulations
  • Pest Spotlight: Psocids
  • Cardinal Safety Supply
  • Phosphine PPE Needs
  • Douglas SF Acquisition
  • Coming Soon: PYRE-X
  • Product Spotlight: VAP-X

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New Personal Protective Equipment Regulations from the California Department of Pesticide Regulations:


Effective July 1, 2015, the Department of Pesticide Regulations has made changes to the following sections of Title 3. California Code of Regulations, Sections 6000, 6702, 6720, 6724, 6738, 6739, 6764, 6771, 6793, and 6795. Adopting Sections 6738.1, 6738.2, 6738.3, and 6738.4. Repealing Sections 6486.7 and 6736.

In summary, the regulatory action clarifies the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, reducing ambiguity, and reorganizes the regulatory requirements in a more logically cohesive format. Requirements for protective eyewear are consistent with a nationally recognized consensus standard, and the hand protection requirements are in alignment with the US Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

For example, the previous language regarding eye protection stated that “Whenever protective eyewear is required, one of the following types of eyewear is worn: Safety glasses that provide front, and supplemental brow and temple protection (Common eyeglasses, including sunglasses, do not meet this requirement)”. The new regulations state, “The employer shall assure that appropriate protective eyewear, providing brow and temple protection that conforms to the curvature of the face and side protection to the eyes, is worn when its use is required. Whenever protective eyewear is required, and the labeling does not identify a specific type, one of the following types of eyewear or eye protective devices bearing evidence of compliance with American National Standard for occupational and Education personal Eye and Face Protection Devices ANSI Z87.1-2010 must be worn: (1) Safety glasses that provide front, brow, and temple protection. (2) Goggles. (3) Face shield. If the pesticide labeling identifies a specific type of protective eyewear, that specified eyewear or more protective eyewear must be worn. Use of a respirator with a full-face mask approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will satisfy the protective eyewear requirement, unless specifically prohibited by the pesticide labeling. The wearing of prescription lenses must not interfere with the fit and function of the protective eyewear and the protective eyewear must not interfere with the fit and function of prescription lenses”.

Regarding the selection of gloves, Section 6738.3 (new section) states, “all barrier materials must be 14 mils or thicker with some minor exceptions. Separable glove liners made of cotton or other absorbent materials may be worn under chemical-resistant gloves unless expressly prohibited by pesticide product labeling. The glove liners must not extend beyond the end of the chemical-resistant glove and liners must be disposed of at the end of the workday or immediately if any portion of the liner comes in contact with pesticide during the workday”.

SCBA inspections must be performed monthly, and now must include performance of the following: (1) A check for proper function; (2) Certification that documents the date the inspection was performed, the name (or signature) of the person who made the inspection, the findings, required remedial action, and a serial number or other means of identifying the inspected respirator; and that this information is included on a tag or label that is attached to the storage compartment for the respirator or is kept with the respirator. This information shall be maintained until replaced following a subsequent certification; (3) A check for properly functioning SCBA regulator and warning devices.

For a copy of the revised regulations, click here.

VAP-X™ Cylinderized DDVP

VAP-X™ was developed to efficiently utilize dichlorvos (DDVP) insecticide in ultra-low volume applications. DDVP has been used for years as an effective fogging insecticide to control various stored product insect pests within food handling and commodity storage facilities. VAP-X™ uses carbon dioxide as a propellant that helps to immediately distribute the insecticide throughout facilities within minutes to reach deep harborage points for insect control. Advantages to using VAP-X™:

  • No electric foggers required for application
  • Application completed within minutes instead of hours
  • Lower doses required for effective control
  • Control of insects within four hours
  • Can potentially re-enter facilities in hours, as long as gas detection devices are used for confirmation
  • Reduced labor and chemical costs

For further information, contact the representative in your area. VAP-X™ is registered in most states.

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VAP-X Cylinderized DDVP