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An additional treatment for brown marmorated stink bug risk cargo

Have your say

From 5 November to 3 December 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants 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 is proposed that the extra treatment is included in the Approved Biosecurity Treatment Standard (ABTRT).

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Risk management proposal: An additional treatment for brown marmorated stink bug to be included in the ABTRT [PDF, 310 KB]

Related documents

MPI Standard: Treatment Requirement: Approved Biosecurity Treatments [PDF, 1.1 MB]

NZL 673 - SPS Notification – Risk Management Proposal review and Amendment of BMSB treatment [PDF, 92 KB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback before 5pm on 3 December 2021 to

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title, if applicable
  • your organisation's name (if you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address, and email).

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Treatments Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended Approved Biosecurity Treatments Standard (ABTRT) is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued ABTRT is next revised or reviewed.

Next steps

After we have considered all submissions, there is a 10-day period which provides 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.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation