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New Zealand seeks to ban most dichlorvos uses

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) proposes to phase out most uses of the organophosphate insecticide, dichlorvos, because of the risks of "serious human health and environmental effects" from "very small exposures". The EPA's assessment has identified "significant residual risks that are unable to be clearly mitigated by the application of additional controls". Dichlorvos was one of 20 organophosphate and carbamate insecticides proposed for cancellation or phase out by the EPA in 2012.



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