From 5 November to 3 December 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) sought your feedback about a proposed additional treatment against the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in risk cargo. This treatment uses ethyl formate as a fumigant and is a safer alternative to methyl bromide.
It was proposed that the extra treatment be included in the Approved Biosecurity Treatment Standard (ABTRT).
Full details of the proposed changes were in the consultation document.
After we have considered all submissions, there is a 10-day period to provide submitters with the opportunity to examine any changes to the ABTRT which have resulted from consultation. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested in this period if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the change to ABTRT becomes final after 10 days.
Submissions are public information
Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.
People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.
If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.