New Zealand OKs zinc phosphide product
The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the import and manufacture of micro-encapsulated zinc phosphide for use as a vertebrate pest control agent, MZP Paste. The pest control company, Pest-Tech (Leeston), submitted an application to the EPA forerunner, the Environmental Risk Management Authority, in 2009 ( Agrow No 571, p 20). Zinc phosphide is seen as a safer alternative to sodium fluoracetate (also known as 1080) for possum control. The approval of MZP Paste comes with restrictions to protect humans and non-target vertebrates. It can only be used by trained and licensed users in certain bait stations. Aerial use is prohibited.