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Health Canada to host webinar to provide an overview of proposed neonic decision

As part of the consultation process, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will host a webinar to provide an overview of the proposed pollinator re-evaluation decisions regarding clothianidin and thiamethoxam (PRVD2017-23 and PRVD2017-24) to be held January 23, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. EST (English) and 3:00 p.m. EST (French).

Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam are neonicotinoid pesticides used by agricultural workers and licensed applicators to protect crops, crop seeds and grass from insects. Both can be applied to the ground, to leaves (foliar), and to seeds.
In response to concerns about the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees and other pollinators, Health Canada is conducting three separate pollinator risk assessments on this class of pesticides, which includes imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin.

Health Canada is now consulting Canadians on proposed re-evaluation decisions for clothianidin and thiamethoxam based on the risk assessments. The consultation documents describe:
• How risks to insect pollinators were identified and evaluated
• Which uses of clothianidin and thiamethoxam do not pose risks to pollinators and are proposed to continue
• What use changes are proposed after being found to pose risks to pollinators

To further protect pollinators, Health Canada is proposing the following changes to the way clothianidin can be used:
• Phase-out of foliar application to orchard trees and strawberries
• Phase-out of foliar application to municipal, industrial and residential turf sites
• Reduction of pre-bloom application from 2 to 1 for cucurbit (cucumbers, squash etc.) vegetables
• Additional protective label instructions for cereal crop uses

To further protect pollinators, Health Canada is proposing the following changes to the way thiamethoxam can be used:
• Phase-out of foliar and soil applications to ornamental crops that will result in pollinator exposure
• Phase-out of soil application to berry crops, cucurbit crops and fruiting vegetables
• Phase-out of foliar application to orchard trees
• Foliar application to legumes, outdoor fruiting vegetables, and berry crops would no longer be permitted before or during bloom

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