Grape Fungicide Approved For Use

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A new fungicide which controls bunch rot and powdery
mildew in grapes has been approved for use in New Zealand,
subject to conditions.

Kenja contains the active
ingredient isofetamid, which is new to New Zealand but
already approved for use in Australia, Europe, the USA,
Canada, and Japan.

The applicant, ISK New Zealand,
sought approval to import Kenja as a concentrate to be
applied to grapes using ground-based methods.

During
the application process, ISK submitted that its product
helps to combat fungicide resistance, and is less toxic than
other fungicides. It noted that Kenja doesn’t carry any
human health hazard classifications.

“The EPA
considers that the absence of human health classifications
is a significant benefit, which may provide users with a
greater variety of fungicides to choose from,” says Dr Chris
Hill, General Manager of the Environmental Protection
Authority’s hazardous substances group.

“In granting
approval for Kenja, strict rules have been set for its use.
These include that it can only be applied twice a year, at a
restricted amount, in specified weather
conditions.”

The EPA is responsible for regulating
chemicals and other dangerous goods and substances under the
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

“This
means we make decisions on whether to approve new hazardous
substances. We put rules (called controls) in place to
manage the risks of hazardous substances and to safeguard
people and the environment,” says Dr Hill.

Read
the full decision on Kenja (PDF, 255KB)

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this short video to learn how the EPA makes decisions about
hazardous
substances

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