Spanish authorities approve Exosect's technology for post-harvest storage and food production

25th January 2012

Exosect’s Exosex SPTab receives Spanish approval and will be launched by Comercial Química Massó.

Winchester, UK - Intelligent Pest Management Company, Exosect, announced today that it has received Spanish regulatory approval for its unique pheromone mating disruption product, Exosex SPTab, for use in postharvest storage and food manufacturing facilities.

Exosex SPTab* is a unique mating disruption product for the control of the five key stored product moths* which infest stored commodities including cereals, cocoa, pulses and tobacco as well as flour mills, confectionary, herbs, spices , dried fruit and nut production facilities. It is one of the few products available to use in place of fumigation and can also be used in Integrated Pest Management programmes to assist in pesticide reduction programmes.

Exosex SPTab was first developed in the UK where it was awarded the UK’s Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT) Award for ‘Best new product’ in 2008 and was an Agrow Awards finalist in 2009. The product has since been rolled out throughout Europe where it is now available in UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and now Spain. The product was also launched in Japan in 2011 and is fully registered in the USA.

Exosex SPTab will be launched at Expocida in Madrid on the 23 and 24th February and exclusively distributed in Spain by Comercial Química Massó, a market leader in speciality chemicals for a range of industries including agriculture and pest control.

Martin Brown, Managing Director at Exosect comments “This product has proven to be of significant  benefit to those trying to reduce pesticide use where there are limited alternatives, especially since the removal of methyl bromide”. Brown continues, “The fact that the product can be placed throughout a structure where people can continue to work as normal is a major cost-benefit in itself but in addition to this, the low level of pheromone in the product means that it doesn’t shut down pest monitoring systems which are used for audit purposes.  This has proven to be invaluable to our customers.”



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Background information

*Exosex SPTab is a small tablet consisting of Exosect’s Entostat™ powder formulated with minute quantities of the female sex pheromone common to five of the major moth pests of food processing; Plodia interpunctella, Ephestia elutella, Ephestia Kuehniella, Ephestia figulilella, Cadra cautella.

The Exosex SPTab tablet works by attracting male moths to the Entostat powder and female pheromone. As the male moths pick up Entostat powder, their pheromone receptors become overloaded with pheromone and they are unable to locate females. A male carrying Entostat powder will form a mobile pheromone dispenser, producing “false” pheromone trails, which attract additional males.

Contact between the males ensures that the Entostat powder and the confusion effect is automatically passed on, this process is called Auto-Confusion™. The result is a state of sexual confusion amongst the male moth population leading to effective mating disruption.  This product helps processors to reduce and/or eliminate insecticide sprays and consequently, reduce subsequent down-time in production associated with fumigation and spray regimes. 


 *Entostat powder is the platform technology for Exosect’s entire range of products. Derived from a natural ‘food grade’ wax which is sustainably  harvested from palm trees, Entostat powder acts as a delivery system for a wide range of chemistry.

As the name suggests “Entostat” powder exhibits electrostatic properties. Even through very slight movement, it develops an electrostatic charge. Insects similarly develop an electrostatic charge as they fly through air or walk across physical surfaces. When placed in contact with insects, the powder adheres to them and can be passed from one insect to another through direct contact. This patented platform enables the use of very low doses of active ingredient and has potential applications in many sectors.


Notes to Editors

About Exosect

Exosect is focused on the development of Intelligent Pest Management solutions. Its innovative and cost-effective products help growers, food manufacturers and processors to actively reduce their use of pesticides. These products are used globally in a wide range of sectors including crop protection (agriculture, horticulture and stored products), apiculture and public health. Exosect is a SOFHT (Society of Food Hygiene and Technology) award winner, a category winner in the Guardian Global Cleantech 100 awards and a finalist in the Agrow Awards. This and further news is available at:


Exosect Mission

to discover, develop & commercialise, safe, sustainable bio-conventional control solutions for the food industry, that protect food from insect damage and disease whilst reducing use of and dependence on traditional chemical pest control products

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