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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.
Several batches of PyGanic sold in New Zealand (batches AC1948, AC2295, AC2347, AC1264, AC2138) have been positively identified as containing traces of PBO and it is now assumed that all batches of Pyganic sold in New Zealand have been contaminated.
Key Industries will be issuing a voluntary recall of all batches of Pyganic in the NZ market.
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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