Bovaer a product that is purported to reduce methane emissions by 30% has passed the first hurdle to being used in NZ. The Environmental Protection Authority has approved the feed additive. DSM Nutritional Products applied to import or manufacture Bovaer which contains 10-25% of 3-NOP – a chemical that is new to New Zealand. DSM claims 3-NOP can reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals, including cows, sheep and goats, by 30%. This is the country’s first application for a methane inhibitor and the EPA is now working with the MPI on the regulation of methane and nitrogen inhibitors, with the aim of streamlining the EPA’s application and assessment process for these substances. New Zealand Food Safety says so far it has not received an application from DSM to use Bovaer in animals here.
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