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New Zealand to end non-crop OPC uses

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) proposes to cancel the non-crop use registrations of the organophosphate and carbamate (OPC) insecticides, chlorpyrifos, diazinon and   carbaryl. Hazard classifications indicate that there are potential for adverse effects to humans and/or the environment, but the active ingredients are no longer in use for non-crop applications, the EPA notes. It has initiated a reassessment of non-crop and veterinary uses of the ais. The EPA intends to end most veterinary uses of the ais, with the exception of one application for carbaryl. Restrictions on crop uses of 15 OPC insecticides came into effect last month following a reassessment carried out in 2013. The EPA's latest proposals are open to public comment until October 6th.

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