Phasing Out Methyl Bromide
For many years, methyl bromide has been used to fumigate facilities and commodities. However, its use is being phased out under the Montreal Protocol (an international agreement ratified by more than 180 countries) due to concerns that it depletes the stratospheric ozone layer. As a result, the search for a methyl bromide alternative began.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in an article about methyl bromide replacements, stated:
Though sulfuryl fluoride (ProFume® gas fumigant) must undergo rigorous EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registration procedures, its approval will provide an acceptable alternative to methyl bromide, thus filling a substantial need for postharvest fumigants.(1)