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New Zealand mulls Bayer's imidacloprid tablets

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application from Bayer CropScience to import or manufacture soil-applied tablets containing the insecticide, imidacloprid, and a slow-release fertiliser for domestic use. Yates Confidor Tablets Garden Insecticide (imidacloprid 20%) are for the control of pests such as aphids, scales, pysllids and mealybugs on ornamentals and eucalypts. The tablets are sold in other countries, including the US, under the trade names, Coretect, Merit FSX and Initiator. They are sold in Australia by Yates in eight- and 24-tablet packs. The application is subject to public comment until November 30th.

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