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Health Canada to consult on plan to manage agricultural uses of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid to protect aquatic insects

[SFM] Risk Assessment of Neonicotinoid Pesticides Imidacloprid, Clothianidin, and Thiamethoxam – Health Canada is seeking public comments on its draft risk assessment which “… proposes that current use of imidacloprid is not sustainable, and the levels of this pesticide that are being found in waterways and aquatic environments are harmful to aquatic insects, such as mayflies and midges, which are important food sources for fish, birds and other animals … To address the risks identified, Health Canada has also published a proposed risk management plan for public comment, which includes a proposed three-year phase-out of agricultural uses of imidacloprid in order to address risks to aquatic insects. In some cases, where there are no alternative pest control products available, a longer phase-out transition period of five years is being proposed … Any proposals for continued registration would need to clearly demonstrate concrete actions that would ensure that levels of imidacloprid in water would be reduced below the level of concern …” – Health Canada is also launching special reviews for clothianidin and thiamethoxam which will “… examine any potential risks these pesticides may pose to aquatic invertebrates, including insects, as they are also being detected frequently in aquatic environments …”

Comments Due By: February 21, 2017 for the proposed re-evaluation decision for imidacloprid

Web site: Source: November 23, 2016 Health Canada News Release, titled “Health Canada to consult on plan to manage agricultural uses of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid to protect aquatic insects; Special reviews for two other neonicotinoids launched based on similar concerns”, posted at
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1158989&tp=1

The November 23, 2016 Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency “Consultation on Imidacloprid, Proposed Re-evaluation Decision” is posted at
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/consultations/_prvd2016-20/index-eng.php

The November 23, 2016 Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency “Initiation of Special Reviews: Potential Environmental Risk to Aquatic Invertebrates Related to the Use of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam” is posted at
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/pest/_decisions/rev2016-17/index-eng.php

Contact: Questions may be directed to the Pest Management Information Service of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency in Ottawa, Ontario at 613 736 3799; Toll-free: 1 800 267 6315; fax: 613 736 3798; e-mail: PMRA.InfoServ@HC-SC.GC.Ca

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