ESA Advice for Safe Use of Treated Seed

With the use of treated seed you must observe precautions for your own safety and for the protection of the environment. On this page you find more information about these precautions.
For information in your own language, see the document Treated Seed Safe Use Advice (download the document “Treated Seed Safe Use Advice” hereunder).


In general

Do not use treated seed for human or animal consumption or for processing. Keep out of reach of children, livestock and wildlife. Handle seed packages carefully. Avoid contact with skin and respiratory tract and wear suitable protective equipment during seed handling and equipment cleaning. Wash hands and exposed skin before meals and after work. Remove any seed spillages. Keep treated seed away from surface water.

Before sowing

When opening seed bags and during filling or emptying of the drilling machine avoid dust exposure. Avoid transfer of dust from the seed bag into the sowing machine. Do not treat the previously treated seed with additional products.

At sowing outdoors

When using a pneumatic drilling machine, dust from treated seed should be directed to the soil surface or into the soil through deflectors. Sow at the recommended seeding rate. To protect birds and mammals, treated seed must be covered by soil, also at row ends.

After sowing

Do not leave empty bags or left-over treated seed in the environment. Dispose of them according to local legislation. Ensure that left over treated seed is returned to their original bags and do not use empty seed bags for other purposes.

These precautions are prepared by the European Seed Association, www.euroseeds.org

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Treated Seed Safe Use Advice