Nimitz is approved for use
Decision Date: 15 September 2022
An EPA decision-making committee has approved the application to import or manufacture the nematicide Nimitz.
Hearing or consideration
Nimitz is used to combat nematodes in carrots, kūmara, parsnips, and potatoes. It contains the active ingredient fluensulfone, which is new to Aotearoa New Zealand.
There are rules for using Nimitz
- There is a maximum application rate of once per year, using a restricted amount.
- It is restricted to commercial use only and can only be applied by professional users.
Adama New Zealand Limited applied for approval to import or manufacture for release Nimitz.
The active ingredient, fluensulfone, has not previously been approved in New Zealand but has been approved in more than 10 overseas jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the USA, India and Brazil.
The application was open for public consultation earlier this year, and we received eight submissions. Seven submissions supported the application, one opposed the application, and a public hearing was held on 11 August 2022.
We carried out quantitative human health and environmental risk assessments. Read the science memorandum for the details and results of the risk assessments.