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New Zealand to review OPs and carbamates

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is to broaden its review of organophosphate (OP) insecticides to cover all OPs and carbamates with plant protection uses. The move is aimed at providing “greater certainty for industry and government agencies about the tools available to them in future”, the EPA says. It should also avoid a substance posing greater risks or offering fewer benefits being on the market if the use of an alternative were to be restricted.


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