Aurora Farm forced to discontinue production and sales of popular bug spray Manitoba Mist by Health Canada.Health Canada’s restrictive and expensive process for registering pesticides is forcing small-scale business Aurora Farm from producing and selling it’s proven insect repellant Manitoba Mist.Health Canada representative suggested that the process of registering a pesticide will cost upward of $180,000. The initial PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) Pre-submission Consultation Request can take up to 16 weeks.“Manitoba Mist has been an excellent product to complement our other natural care products and contributed a significant revenue stream. It’s unfair for Health Canada to make its registration process so lengthy and expensive.” Louise May, Aurora Farm.An economical, local product like Manitoba Mist is important for families who don’t want to use DEET based products. Local families who purchase Manitoba Mist from Aurora Farm directly or at Farmers’ Market are disappointed by the decision by Health Canada.“You know we love your bug spray!!!! Safe for the whole family and it actually works! This is coming from someone who has an abnormal allergy to mosquitoes! It even worked on the black flies at the beach.” Local familyIn August 2014, Health Canada announced that it was banning Citronella from bug sprays despite scientific evidence to the contrary. By December 2014, Health Canada reverted its decision stating “popular outcry”.“There is no sense of credibility at Health Canada in this instance and I won’t be putting the resources into fighting it. Instead, I will be posting my recipe online. All the natural ingredients can be purchased at my farm store and over-the-counter at most natural food and health stores” Louise May, Aurora Farm. References:Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency:http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/registrant-titulaire/index-eng.phpTelephone: 613-736-3799Toll-free: 1-800-267-6315
Company fined $3,000 For Pesticides Act Violation
Sioux Lookout – T. Nebbs Building Materials Ltd. pleaded guilty to one offence and was fined $3,000 for failing to ensure that a Class 7 pesticide, namely RoundUp grass and weed control herbicide, was displayed in a manner that prevents any person other than the licenced vendor or the licenced vendor’s employees, from having access to the pesticide, contrary to the Pesticides Act.
The company is located in Sioux Lookout, and holds a vendor licence that authorizes the sale of Class 7 pesticide products from the store.
The ministry attended the company site and observed two Class 7 pesticides, namely RoundUp grass and weed control herbicide and Pest Control Product number 24299, displayed on a shelf with unrestricted public access, contrary to legislative requirements.
A previous inspection had occurred at which time the same issue of unrestricted access to a Class 7 pesticide was identified. At that time, the ministry issued a report to the company which required actions to be taken in order to correct the issue.