24 Jun 2013

Submissions sought on use of new antibiotic

3:36 pm on 24 June 2013

The Environmental Protection Authority is seeking submissions on an application to approve a new antibiotic spray for kiwifruit and other crops to treat bacterial diseases such as PSA.

Hokko Chemical Industry Co has applied to import water-based antibiotic KASUMIN 2L from Japan for sale to orchardists and spraying contractors.

It says the antibiotic has fewer hazards and lower risks for users and consumers than other treatments such as streptomycin, which is currently used.

People have until 24 July to make submissions.