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New Zealand bans trichlorfon

The New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has confirmed its intention to ban the organophosphate insecticide/acaricide, trichlorfon. The ERMA proposed the move last year due to significant risks to human health and the environment. The Authority concludes that those risks cannot be mitigated by practical control measures. There is only one trichlorfon-based product approved in New Zealand, Bayer CropScience's Trifon. It is registered for use on several crops, including maize and vegetables, but there is only minor usage on turf and pasture. The ERMA has granted a three-month phase-out period to allow existing stocks to be used up. Import, manufacture and use will be banned from June 1.

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