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Date of this Version

December 1983


This article is to inform you about aluminum phosphide, a new burrowing rodent fumigant. The history of aluminum phosphide is long, dating back to the mid-1930'x, but the first aluminum phosphide preparation was not introduced into the United States until 1955. The traditional usage of phosphine throughout the USA has been in the grain and food industry in fumigating raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, animal feed, stored tobacco, and certain non-agricultural commodities. Aluminum phosphide was not approved in the U.S. for burrowing rodents until 1981.