Warning over banned mothballs

2 September 2020 -


Mothball products containing naphthalene, camphor, and dichlorobenzene were banned in New Zealand in June 2014, because of the risk of children being poisoned by eating them.

These products are unapproved pesticides under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO Act), and must not be imported, manufactured, or sold in New Zealand.

Recently, The Environmental Protection Authority became aware that bags of Bright Shine mothballs were supplied to 17 specialty Indian supermarkets across the Auckland region.  Shoppers who have bought Bright Shine naphthalene mothballs are being advised to immediately dispose of or return the product.

For more information about this, visit the EPA website:


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