News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Call for submissions on future use of fungicide quintozene

Call for submissions on future use of fungicide quintozene

2 February 2011

ERMA New Zealand is calling for submissions on the future use of the fungicide quintozene, due to information that the only formulated product containing this active ingredient has dioxin impurities.

Quintozene is used commercially on seedlings, bulbs and recreational turf in New Zealand.

There is currently one product, Terraclor 75 WP, registered here.

The manufacturer of Terraclor 75 WP has confirmed to ERMA New Zealand that the product contains dioxin as a contaminant. Importer Nufarm has voluntarily decided to neither sell nor import quintozene pending the outcome of the review.

The decision to review quintozene came after dioxin impurities were found in quintozene products in Australia at levels that may present health risks to workers who frequently apply them.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is currently considering the health risk presented by the dioxin present in quintozene, and is expected to report on the outcome in April 2011.

Dioxins are on the list of substances covered by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, to which New Zealand is a party. New Zealand has committed to reducing releases of dioxin to the environment.

Recent reassessments in the United States and Canada have resulted in restrictions on the use of quintozene.

The preliminary recommendation from ERMA New Zealand is to revoke all approvals for quintozene on the grounds that the human health and environmental risks associated with its use, based on both the quintozene active ingredient and the dioxin contaminant, outweigh the benefits.

This is not the final decision, and submissions from the public are now being sought on the recommendation.

Submissions close on 16 March, 2011.

Once all the submissions have been received, a hearing may be held before a decision is made by a committee of the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

Application and submission documents are available at:


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland