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New Zealand mulls bee risks from pesticides

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering carrying out a modified reassessment of five organochlorine or carbamate pesticides following concerns over potential impacts on bees. The active ingredients concerned are acephate, dimethoate, methamidophos, oxamyl and methomyl. The EPA allowed continued use of the ais, subject to controls, following a reassessment that was concluded last year (Agrow No 668, p 26). The National Beekeepers Association has requested the modified reassessment following the removal of the minimum period between pesticide application and flowering, citing an increased risk to bees. The EPA considers that there is new information on the effects of the five ais on bees that was not previously presented.

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