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Neonicotinoid imidacloprid: The "bee killer" pesticide is still permitted in Canada

Neonicotinoid imidacloprid: The “bee killer” pesticide is still permitted in Canada

Ottawa decided Wednesday not to ban imidacloprid, the neonicotinoid pesticide, “bee killer”, its content due to restricting its use to certain crops.

«Lorsqu’elles sont assorties de mesures d’atténuation des risques additionnelles, beaucoup d’utilisations de produits contenant de l’imidaclopride sont conformes aux normes actuelles de protection de la santé humaine et de l’environnement», a indiqué Santé Canada, statement.

However, the federal agency specifies that some uses pose environmental risks, which is why they were phased out.

New measures of imidacloprid use include labeling guidelines including reduced rates and numbers of applications.

The federal agency added: “The revised terms of use must be indicated on all product labels within 24 months from today, except for one use, where there is no suitable replacement, which will continue for another 24 months.”

On March 31, Health Canada approved the use of two other neonicotinoid pesticides, clothianidine and thiamethoxam, banned since 2018 in Europe.

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