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OFVGA Statement on Neonicotinoid Pollinator Review

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Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) released its first of several final decisions on three neonicotinoid insecticides imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin currently under re-evaluation on Thursday, April 11. 

These decisions were specifically related to their potential impact on bees and other pollinators. To protect bees and other pollinators, PMRA has announced that it will be cancelling some uses of these products, and changing other conditions of use such as restricting the timing of application. 

Specifically, the following uses are to be cancelled: 

• All applications on tree fruits 
• Soil application to berries 
• Soil application to fruiting vegetables (except greenhouse) 
• Soil application to cucurbits (except greenhouse) 

In addition, foliar application to other crops including berries, grapes, fruiting vegetables, and cucurbits, will be limited before and/or during bloom. Required changes are to be implemented on new product labels in 2-3 years, depending on the crop. 

Vegetable seed treatments were not identified as posing unacceptable risks to bees and other pollinators and no required changes were identified in the PMRA’s decision. 

The PMRA has yet to release other final re-evaluation decisions on these insecticides as they relate to aquatic invertebrates, squash bees, and a general assessment. Future PMRA decisions may place additional restrictions on the use of these products. The OFVGA has been engaged in commenting and providing information as relates to these evaluations. It is expected these further final decisions will be communicated over the next year. 

The OFVGA understands that the cancelled uses of neonicotinoid products will create additional challenges for the farmers of the affected crops. We are currently carefully reviewing the PMRA decision and will be evaluating what next steps, if any, may be taken. 

For more information contact: 

Chris Duyvelshoff, Crop Protection Advisor 

cduyvelshoff@ofvga.org 

519-763-6160 ext. 119