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MEDIA RELEASE: PMRA continues to register bee-killing pesticides
OTTAWA--Despite the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) decision to re-evaluate neonicotinoid pesticides, it is still registering new products containing the bee-killing pesticides.
“The Canadian government is attempting to deceive Canadians into believing it’s taking action on bee-killing pesticides when it is cleary not,” said John Bennett, National Program Director of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF). “It’s a ruse. This government clearly isn’t taking the ecological threat seriously.
In June 2012, the PMRA announced its decision to initiate a re-evaluation of three bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid--all banned in Europe) to assess the potential risk to pollinators. However, in just the past two weeks since SCCF started creating its own neonicotinoid database, the PMRA has changed the status of two product applications from “Pending (Registration)” to “Registered.”
The two neonicotinoid products in question, NipsIt Suite Canola Seed Protectant and NipsIt Suite Cereals of Seed Protectant, are both manufactured by Valent Canada Inc. Both products contain the active ingredient clothianidin, one of the bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides banned in Europe and under ‘re-evaluation’ in Canada.
“Clothianidin was banned by the EU in 2013 and it should be banned in Canada too,” said Mr. Bennett.
Currently registered neonicotinoid pesticide products, and those pending registration and under re-evaluation are listed in the PMRA’s Public Registry Pesticide Product Information Database.
John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
1510-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
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