New Zealand: Five-year AZM phase-out planned
New Zealand's Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has decided to phase out the use of the insecticide azinphos-methyl (AZM) over five years. The one formulation in use in New Zealand has been approved for use on potatoes, summerfruit and strawberries until December 2014, but with additional controls. Aerial application is banned; buffer zones are required; personal protective equipment is required when re-entering a treated site; and the number of applications per year is limited. According to Andrea Eng, ERMA's hazardous substances general manager, the authority recognizes there are some AZM uses for which there are no registered alternatives. "A five-year phase-out will allow time for alternatives to be trialed and registered," Eng says in a statement.