CAAR is pleased with the confirmation from Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency that neonics pose no threat to bees and other pollinators when used in accordance with the product’s label directions. CAAR welcomes the PMRA's decision to continue allowing neonic seed treatments to fight early season insect pressure. 

Canadian agri-retailers, agronomists and farmers strive to be accountable and responsible with the use of all pesticides. When products are used responsibly according to label directions, risks can be managed and the products can be used safely.

The PMRA’s decisions is another example of the benefit of reviewing science and factual evidence when making regulatory decisions. In 2018, CAAR was among numerous industry groups that responded to the proposed ban. CAAR gave input to the government on the effects a ban of neonic seed treatments could have on retailers, farmers and the environment. As well, CAAR encouraged members to submit their own comments that echoed the stance of the industry.

Health Canada is still evaluating potential risks to certain aquatic organisms from neonics and will report its findings at the end of 2019.

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