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Publication Date: 9/95


The common name haloxyfop is also used for haloxyfop-methyl and haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl. Trade names include Verdict, Gallant, Zellek, and Dowco 453 ME (haloxyfop methyl) or Dowco 453 EE (haloxyfop ethoxyethyl)(1).


Registration is pending for use of haloxyfop in the United States (3).


Haloxyfop is in the pyridine chemical family (2). It is produced in two forms, haloxyfop-methyl and haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl. Both are used as pre- and postemergence selective herbicides. They control annual and perennial grasses in sugar beet, oilseed, potatoes, leaf vegetables, onions, sunflowers, strawberries, and other crops. Haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl and haloxyfop-methyl are absorbed into the plant and inhibit growth (1). The EPA classifies haloxyfop as toxicity class II-moderately toxic. All products containing haloxyfop bear the Signal Word "Warning." It is available as an emulsifiable concentrate (3).



The oral LD50, the dose of haloxyfop-methyl that kills half of the study animals, is 393 mg/kg for rats. The LD50 is greater than 5,000 mg/kg for rabbits whose skin is exposed to haloxyfop-methyl (4). Haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl has an oral LD50 of 518-531 mg/kg for rats. The dermal LD50 is greater than 2000 mg/kg for rats and greater than 5,000 mg/kg for rabbits.

Both haloxyfop forms are non-irritating to skin and do not cause skin sensitization. They are mild eye irritants (1). The symptoms of toxicity in rats are reduced food intake and reduced food consumption. They may also cause liver and kidney damage (4).


Reproductive Effects

In rats, oral doses of 10 and 50 mg/kg/day of haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl from days 6 to 16 of pregnancy reduced the number of live offspring per litter and caused vaginal bleeding in the mother (5).

Teratogenic Effects

Oral doses of 50 mg/kg/day of haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl in rats between days 6 and 16 of pregnancy caused developmental abnormalities in the offspring's urogenital system and death to the fetus (5). Oral doses of 7.5 mg/kg/day of haloxyfop-methyl given to rats from days 6 to 15 of pregnancy caused delayed bone formation in the offspring (6).

Mutagentic Effects

No information is currently available.

Carcinogenic Effects

Studies show that 0.1 mg/kg/day of haloxyfop-methyl for two years, the highest dose tested, does not cause cancer in rats. Similarly, 0.6 mg/kg/day for two years, the highest dose tested, is not carcinogenic to mice (6).

Organ Toxicity

Doses of 100 mg/kg/day of haloxyfop-methyl caused kidney damage in adult rats (4). Doses of 0.6 mg/kg/day for 2 years in mice caused reduced body weight gains and increased liver weights in mice. In dogs, 5 mg/kg/day causes a significant decrease in serum cholesterol, as well as a decrease in thyroid weight (6).

Fate in Humans and Animals

In rats, haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl undergoes metabolism to haloxyfop which is excreted in feces and urine (1).


Effects on Birds

Haloxyfop-methyl and haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl are practically non-toxic to birds. The oral LD50 is greater than 2,150 mg/kg for mallard ducks. The dietary LC50 (8 day) is greater than 5,620 mg/kg for bobwhite quail (1, 2).

Effects on Aquatic Organisms

Haloxyfop-methyl is practically non-toxic to fish. The LC50, the concentration in water at which half of the test animals died, ranges from 96 to greater than 1000 mg/kg (2). Haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl is moderately to highly toxic to fish. The LC50 (96 hour) is 0.54 mg/l for fathead minnows, 0.28 mg/l for bluegill sunfish, and 1.8 mg/l for rainbow trout. The LC50 (48 hours) for Daphnia is 4.64 mg/l (1).

Effects on Other Animals (Nontarget species)

Haloxyfop is not toxic to bees. The contact and oral LD50 (48 hours) is 100 micrograms haloxyfop/bee (1).


Breakdown of Chemical in Soil and Groundwater

Haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl is converted to haloxyfop in soil. The half-life of haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl, the amount of time needed to reduce its concentration by half, is greater than one day on silty clay loam at 20 degrees C. The half- life of haloxyfop in soil is 55-100 days depending on the soil (1). Leaching is moderate (5).

Breakdown of Chemical in Surface Water

The half-life of haloxyfop in water is 33 days for haloxyfop at pH 5, 5 days at pH 7, and a few hours at pH 9 (1).

Breakdown of Chemical in Vegetation

No information is currently available.


Haloxyfop (acid) is a white crystal with an offensive odor. Haloxyfop- ethoxyethyl is a colorless crystal which is hydrolyzed to haloxyfop under acidic and alkaline conditions. The rate of hydrolysis increases with temperature (1). Haloxyfop-methyl is an amber to straw yellow solid with a mild aromatic odor. It is stable to UV light and in high temperatures. There is no decomposition after 88 hours at 200 degrees C.

Physical Properties:

CAS#: Haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl 87237-48-7
Chemical Name: 2-(4-((3-chloro-5-trifluoro methyl)-2-pyridinyl) oxy)phenoxy)-2-ethoxyethyl ester
CAS#: 69806-40-2
Chemical name: 2-(4-(3-chloro-5-(trifluoro methyl)-2-pyridinyl)oxy)phenoxy-methyl ester
Molecular Weight: 361.7 (acid)
433.81(haloxyfop ethoxyethyl)
Melting points: 107-108 degrees C (acid)
56-58 degrees C (haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl) (1)
55-57 degrees C (haloxyfop-methyl)
Solubilities in water: 0.5 mg/l (haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl)
43.3 mg/l(acid)
9.3 mg/l (haloxyfop-methyl)(7)
Solubilities in solvents:
xylene: 125g/100 ml (haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl)
127g/100 ml (haloxyfop-methyl)
7.4g/100 ml(acid)
acetone: >100g/100 ml (acid, haloxyfop ethoxyethyl, haloxyfop-methyl)
toluene: >100g/100 ml (ethoxyethyl)
11.8g/100 ml (acid)
Vapor pressure: <1.3 x 10 to the minus 7 mm Hg at 25 degrees C (acid)
3.4 x 10 to the minus 6mm Hg at 25 degrees C (haloxyfop ethoxyethyl)
6.5 x 10 to the minus 7 mm Hg at 25 degrees C (haloxyfop-methyl)
Partition coefficient (octanol/water): (haloxyfop-ethoxyethyl) 29,500 (1)

Exposure Guidelines:

All guidelines given are for haloxyfop-methyl.

RfD: 5.0 x 10 -5 mgkgday (kidney effects)(4)
NOEL: 0.005 mg/kg/day (4)
LEL: 0.05 mg/kg/day (reduced fertility) (4)


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Review by Basic Manufacturer:

Comments solicited: October, 1994
Comments received: November, 1994


  1. The Agrochemicals Handbook, Third Edition. 1994. Royal Society of Chemistry Information Systems, Unwin Brothers Ltd., Surrey, England.
  2. Meister, R.T. 1994. Farm Chemicals Handbook '94. Meister Publishing Company. Willoughby, OH.
  3. Meister, R.T. 1992. Farm Chemicals Handbook '92. Meister Publishing Company. Willoughby, OH.
  4. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 1993. Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS). NIOSH. Cincinnati, OH.
  5. Machera, K. 1993. Developmental Toxicity of Haloxyfop Ethoxyethyl Ester in the Rat in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Vol.51, No.4. pp. 625-632.
  6. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1994. Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) through TOXNET. U.S. EPA. Washington, DC.