New Zealand growers using four pesticides banned by U.S.

January 20, 2005, source: New Zealand Herald: New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers are using to four pesticides currently banned in the United States, according to a report in the January 13, New Zealand Herald. Three of the pesticides, diazinon, dimethoate and methamidophos, are completely banned by the U.S. while, the forth, organophosphate, chlorpyrifos, was banned for home and garden use.

The chemicals are used on sweet corn, maize, onions, potatoes, kiwi fruit and apple trees. The Vegetable and Fruitgrowers Federation maintains all usage is below safety levels set by the Food Safety Authority but Safe Food Campaign coordinator Alison White was quoted by the Herald as saying “Because of the organophosphate residues found in New Zealand in a range of fruit and vegetables, I would strongly counsel pregnant women and young children to have organic food. New Zealand ought to catch up with the restrictions that have been put in place by other countries, especially America."

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