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Key Industries Ltd advises a product contamination issue of PyGanic Organic Insecticide.
As the New Zealand Distributer of this product, we have been advised by Sumitomo Chemical Australia, the NZ registrant, that they have received a Prohibition Notice from MPI. This means that PyGanic cannot be sold, used or applied to any crops or premises regardless of whether they are organically certified or non-organic.
Low levels (parts per million) of a synergist, piperonyl butoxide (PBO) have been detected in batches of Pyganic. The presence of low levels of piperonyl butoxide, in Pyganic presents no risk to the environment, human health or produce when used according to the product label in standard crop protection programs.
While this issue relates mainly to the use of product in the organic market, as it may affect organic certification, the Prohibition Notice is applicable to all PyGanic uses.
One batch of PyGanic sold in New Zealand (batch AC1948) has positively been identified as containing traces of PBO and other batches sold over the past 2 years are being analysed to ascertain if they are also contaminated.
When the results are known we will advise the industry whether a general product recall will be issued or whether this will be restricted to affected batches only.
Key Industries and Sumitomo Chemical are currently working with the organic certifying bodies, BioGro New Zealand and AsureQuality, as well as MPI, regarding this matter.
We will disseminate the information contained in this note via the Key Industries Website www.keyindustries.co.nz and by direct communication with resellers of the product. We will also contact relevant industry groups and request this information be sent to all members.
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused the industry
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