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Mainman insecticide application approved

13 May 2015

Mainman insecticide application approved


An Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision-making committee has approved with controls an application from ISK New Zealand Limited to manufacture or import the insecticide Mainman, which contains the new pesticide active ingredient flonacamid.

Mainman is intended to be used for the control of aphids and psyllids on potatoes and possibly other specific pests associated with horticultural crops. The application is for Mainman to be used by commercial growers and contractors on vegetable crops.

A hearing was held on 24 February 2015, with an emphasis on the effects, risks, costs and benefits of Mainman throughout its lifecycle, from import to use and disposal. The Committee considered the benefits of the use of Mainman were significant enough to outweigh the risks the substance poses to human health and the environment.

The Committee thanked everyone who provided information on which they based their decision. The hearing provided sufficient information for the decision-making committee to proceed with consideration of the application, leading to the decision to approve the application with controls. The decision is consistent with the purpose of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Read more about the Mainman application and the process followed

The EPA’s role is to decide on applications for hazardous substances under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act. We put controls in place to manage the risks of hazardous substances to safeguard people and the environment.


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