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New Zealand reinstates bee protection periods

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is to reinstate "no contact" periods for four organophosphate or carbamate insecticides to protect bees and other pollinators. However, specific crop exemptions will be applied for commercial reasons. The EPA has set no contact periods of: seven days for products containing acephate (except for lemons) or dimethoate; eight days for methomyl (except for strawberries and greenhouse tomatoes); and ten days for oxamyl (except for greenhouse tomatoes). A zero no contact period will be retained for methamidophos but applications will be restricted to after bees have finished foraging for the day. The label changes will be phased in and will take effect from July 1st 2016. The EPA received 17 submissions on its proposal to reinstate no contact periods for 15 products based on the five ais. That followed a request from the National Beekeepers Association after they were removed following a reassessment of organophosphate and carbamate insecticides in 2013.

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