INCIDENT REPORTS

The Library Of Health Canada’s
Incident Reports
 

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Health Canada’s Incident Reports

According to the wisdom of REAL expert scientists at Health Canada, they are confident that the pest control products that they have approved for use can be used safely when label directions are followed.

The Risk Assessments of pest control products indicate that they are practically-non-toxic.  There is NOT ONE known Incident Report of harm from the proper use of pest control products used in the urban landscape.  However, there are thousands of known deaths per year from known cancer-causing substances such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, excess body weight, alcohol consumption, and over-exposure to the sun.  Pest control products are scientifically safe, will cause NO harm, and will NOT cause cancer.

Health Canada’s current approach to the re-evaluation of pest control products favours receipt of new information, including Incident Reports, from any and all stake-holders, even where this material might arrive very late in the review process.

Incident Reports can be sent to Health Canada to identify any potential risks to health or the environment from the use of pest control products and to take corrective actions when necessary.  The Health Canada data-base is regularly searched for any type of pattern related to a specific pesticide.  If the result of a search indicates that there is a trend, such as repeated effects or multiple incidents for a particular product, then Health Canada evaluates the information in conjunction with scientific literature.  As well, the more serious individual Incident Reports are reviewed.  Evaluation Reports summarizing these reviews are posted on the Health Canada web-site.  If the evaluation of the information identifies a safety issue, appropriate action is taken.  Such action can range from minor label changes, to the discontinuation of the product.  Health Canada encourages persons who believe they are experiencing adverse effects related to a pest control product to consult the instructions on the label and contact their health care provider or poison control center.

Fortunately, the issues that affect our health have been SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED !  Canadians have NO NEED TO WORRY !  For every conventional pest control product, manufacturers spend 250 million dollars in order to satisfy Health Canada’s scientific assessments.  Two-hundred separate assessments are performed by the 350 professional experts at Health Canada to ensure that these products are scientifically-safe, and will cause NO harm.  Consequently, there is NOT ONE KNOWN Incident Report of harm from the proper use of conventional pest control products used in the urban landscape.  Pest control products are scientifically-safe, and will NOT cause harm to people, animals, or the environment.

Re-Entry Intervals are necessary to ensure that any pest control product residues on the treated turfgrass surfaces DO NOT pose an unacceptable risk to human health.  These intervals reflect the amount of time required for pest control product levels to dissipate to a level that is well below any point of concern.  They are determined by Health Canada in order to protect people against potential harm from pest control products applied to turfgrasses.  Typically, for ALL pest control products used for lawn care maintenance, the Health-Canada-approved labels state  ―  keep people off treated area until foliage is DRY.  The same can be said for the vast majority of pest control products used for golf course maintenance.  When the vast majority of these products are properly used, label directions stipulate that in order to minimize any unnecessary exposure, it is good practice to stay off treated turfgrass surfaces until residues are DRY.  A few minutes after the application has DRIED, pest control products will cause NO harm to anyone.  In essence, wait-until-dry products may be considered as requiring NO interval.  Additionally, a very small number of products used for golf courses have a requirement for a re-entry interval of 12 hours, but there are NONE for 24 or 48 hours.

Children are NOT at risk from pest control products !  Health Canada DOES consider children’s physiology, behaviours, and habits while playing on treated grass, and has concluded that pest control products CAUSE NO HARM and are NO THREAT TO CHILDREN.  In fact, there are NO VALID Incident Reports of harm to children when products are used properly.

Explore the following links  …

The Wisdom Of Health Canada — Incident Reports

The Complete Media History Of Pesticides & Children

Real Trends Against Pesticide Bans — Our Children Are Safe When Pesticide Bans Are Stopped — Posters

Pesticides Are Scientifically Safe — Less Lethal To Humans Than Caffeine

Re-Entry IntervalsLabel Directions For Applications On Turfgrasses

Green Alternatives … Bogus & Dismal Failures

Green Alternatives — By Definition, Alternatives Are Inferior

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Annual Reports

LINKS

2015 Report Of Pesticide Incidents

Report On Pesticide Incidents For 2014

Report On Pesticide Incidents For 2014 — Executive Summary

2013 Report On Pesticide Incidents

Consumer Product Safety — Report An Incident Involving A Consumer Product

Consumer Product Safety — Consumer Product Incident Report — Form for Consumers

Pesticide Incident Reporting Program — Third Annual Report

Summary — Pesticide Incident Reporting Program — Third Annual Report

Consumer Product Safety — Fact Sheet On Reporting Pesticide Incidents

Consumer Product Safety — Pesticide Incident Reporting

Consumer Product Safety — Pesticide Incident Reporting Program — First Annual Report

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Fact Sheets

LINKS

Report An Incident Involving A Consumer Product

Consumer Product Incident Report — Form For Consumers

Reporting Pesticide Incidents

Pesticide Incident Reporting

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

2,4-D Herbicide

SUMMARY

2,4-D is an ingredient widely-used as a conventional herbicide in the urban landscape.   It is government-approved, federally-legal, scientifically-safe, and practically-non-toxic  …  it DOES NOT need to be prohibited by municipalities.  EPA, Health Canada, and other science-based national regulatory agencies have clearly demonstrated that 2,4-D is LESS TOXIC THAN Aspirin, baking soda, caffeine, cannabis, nicotine, table salt, and Tylenol.  2,4-D is NO MORE TOXIC THAN ethanol ( an edible beverage constituent in beer, wine, and other intoxicating beverages ), mouthwash ( Listerine ), and Vitamin C.  The probable lethal dose for a person ingesting the concentrated form of 2,4-D is ONE LITRE, the volume of an entire milk carton.  By comparison, drinking SIX LITRES of water, a fluid that is seemingly harmless, can lead to water poisoning or dilutional hyponatremia, which is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions.  2,4-D is scientifically-safe, practically non-toxic, will cause NO harm, will NOT cause cancer, and will NOT cause irreversible damage if consumed orally.

LINKS

Dicamba — No Physical Evidence

No Likely Risk For Horse

LABEL

2,4-D Amine 600 Liquid Herbicide ( 2,4-D )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Health Canada — Re-Evaluation Decision — One Of The Most Comprehensive Science Reviews

Health Canada — Re-Evaluation Decision

Evaluations & Assessments

References, Reports, Blogs, & Labels

The Industry Task Force II On 2,4-D Research Data Revised Web-Site

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Acetic Acid

Green Alternative Pesticide

SUMMARY

Green Alternative Pesticides are bogus and dismal failures. They are incorporated into pest control programs ― not because they work ― but because of legislation that imposes reckless and arbitrary prohibition. Professionals, and even home-owners, are being prevented from using conventional products that are truly effective as well as scientifically-safe. By definition, alternatives are INFERIOR, which is why they DID NOT win the market-place originally. Overall, Green Alternative Pesticides are ineffective, inadequate, inferior, high-risk, stunningly expensive, and more toxic. When examining Health Canada’s Incident Reports, there is overwhelming evidence that Green Alternative Pesticides are questionably higher in toxicity, and pose higher environmental risks.

ISSUES

Child Gastro-Intestinal Vomiting
Dog Death ?!?!
Minor Dermal Swelling
Minor Eye Exposure

LINKS

Child Gastrointestinal Vomiting After Walking On Lawn

Minor Eye Exposure

Minor Dermal Swelling

Dog Death — Not Independently Verified To Be Factually Correct

LABELS

Ecoclear Fast Acting Weed & Grass Killer Solution ( Acetic Acid )

Munger Horticultural Vinegar Plus ( Acetic Acid )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Less Effective, More Costly, & More Toxic Than Roundup

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Bacillus thuringiensis
( B.t. ) Insecticide

Green Alternative Pesticide

SUMMARY

Bacillus thuringiensis ( Bt ) is a green alternative pesticide that is often deemed ineffective, inadequate, inferior, high-risk, more toxic, and stunningly expensive.  According to Health Canada, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and shoes plus socks are standard personal protective equipment for all microbial products like Bt, and are required to prevent dermal exposure and potential sensitization.  For the same reason, waterproof gloves are required for all liquid products, products to be diluted in aqueous solutions or products that are applied to water. The respirator and filter are required because of the potential for sensitization after repeated high exposures to high concentrations via the inhalation route.  Furthermore, Bt is known to persist in the lungs if inhaled, and has been known to cause asthma attacks. The « caution eye irritant » and eye goggle requirement may be removed from the labels of technical products and domestic or commercial class end-use products if supported by eye irritation test data or an acceptable rationale.  Nonetheless, is this the kind of product that we want in the urban landscape ?!?!  Do we want our children exposed to this kind of product ?!?!  In many cases, green alternative pesticides like Bt are questionably higher in toxicity, and pose higher environmental risks.  Green alternative pesticides like Bt contain living pathogenic organisms that may be deemed by some observers as unsafe for children, adults, and the environment.  Fortunately, conventional pest control products are safe, effective, economical, low-risk, and do not contain pathogenic organisms.  Why prohibit conventional products when some observers do not feel safe with green alternative pesticides like Bt ?!?!   The risk assessment of conventional pest control products indicates that they are scientifically-safe, and, when used properly, will NOT cause harm to children, people, animals, or the environment.

ISSUES

Malaise & Muscle Weakness ?!?!
Moderate Asthma Attacks

LINKS

Malaise & Muscle Weakness — Unlikely

Moderate Asthma Attack — History Of Respiratory Issues

Moderate Asthma Attack — History Of Respiratory Issues

Moderate Incidents With Aerial Usage Against Gypsy Moth In Forest Areas

LABELS

Dipel 2X DF Dry Flowable Wettable Granules Biological Insecticide ( Btk )

Dipel WP Wettable Powder Biological Insecticide ( Btk )

Foray 48B Biological Insecticide Aqueous Suspension ( Btk )

Thuricide 48LV Biological Insecticide ( Btk )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Health Canada — Re-Evaluation Decision

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Borax Insecticide

Green Alternative Pesticide

ISSUES

Minor Skin Exposures

LINKS

Minor Skin Exposure — 1

Minor Skin Exposure — 2

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Incident Report  –  Health Canada

Chlorpyrifos Insecticide

LINK

Possible Fish Mortality — Warehouse Fire & Run-Off

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Incident Report  –  Health Canada

Corn Gluten Meal Herbicide

Green Alternative Pesticide

SUMMARY

It would often be better to do nothing rather than use this product.  U.S. university research indicates that corn gluten meal DOES NOT control any weeds in any trials under any circumstances.  There is NO evidence of pre- or post-emergence weed control.  It is inconceivable that anyone would recommend this product which possesses such a low level of efficacy.  At best, corn gluten meal is a very weak herbicide that may have no use for weed management.  Unfortunately, corn gluten meal cannot be taken seriously as a commercial product for use in the professional lawn care industry.  Most assuredly, NO government agency would never in a million years consider registering this type of product for use in the agriculture industry.

ISSUE

Minor Skin & Eye Exposure

LINK

Minor Skin & Eye Exposure

LABEL

Crab-Arrest ( Corn Gluten Meal )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Corn Gluten Meal Herbicide — Dismal Failure

Green Alternative Pesticides — Bogus & Dismal Failures

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Diatomaceous Earth Insecticide

Green Alternative Pesticide

ISSUES

Minor Eye Exposure
Minor Oral Exposure
Minor Respiratory Exposure ?!?!

LINKS

Minor Oral Exposure — 1

Minor Respiratory Exposure — Unexpected Symptoms

Minor Eye Exposure

Minor Oral Exposure — 2

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Fiesta Herbicide

a.k.a. Weed-B-Gon

Green Alternative Pesticide

SUMMARY

Fiesta DOES NOT WORK when compared to conventional weed-control products like Killex.  Municipalities cannot afford the #@!!% dismal failures of Fiesta Herbicide.  Fiesta is almost totally ineffective as a weed control product, requiring highly-costly repeat applications  ―  it DOES NOT WORK !  Fiesta is not only ineffective, it is also higher-risk, inadequate, more toxic, overwhelmingly condemned, and stunningly expensive.  Fiesta Herbicide ( a.k.a. Scotts Ecosense and Weed-B-Gon ) is a primary reason for the repeated failures of municipal prohibitions against conventional pest control products used in the urban landscape.  With the adoption of fanatжcal-prohibition, municipal employees and residents are being forced to rely on bogus green alternative pesticides like Fiesta.  Municipal government officials and enviro-activists, as well as the manufacturer of Fiesta, have been perpetuating the lie that fanatжcal-prohibition can be a success because Fiesta Herbicide can successfully replace conventional products such as Killex.  This is FALSE !  Fiesta Herbicide is inferior and a dismal failure, and must not even be remotely used in order to mock-validate fanatжcal-prohibition against conventional pest control products.  Quite often, it would be better to do nothing rather than use Fiesta Herbicide.  Instead of admitting that #@!!% Fiesta is a dismal failure, municipal government officials and enviro-activists prefer living in the world of false-facts and junk science.  In essence, Fiesta itself is responsible for the creation of catastrophic weed problems that have invaded city-owned and residential properties.  Fiesta has inflicted garbage dump conditions upon municipal urban green spaces.  Municipal catastrophic weed problems have come as no surprise to expert-observers such as the owners and specialists who operate professional lawn care businesses.  Municipal government officials have been repeatedly warned that it is IMPOSSIBLE to successfully maintain green spaces with Fiesta.  In all municipalities that have imposed prohibition, city-owned and residential properties have become pest-infested and dangerous garbage dumps  ―  because of Fiesta.  Urban green spaces can ONLY be successfully maintained WITH conventional pest control products.  These conventional products MUST be allowed, otherwise, residents had better get used to garbage dump green spaces, forever.  Municipalities cannot afford the dismal failures of its #@!!% ban nonsense !

ISSUES

Animal Deaths ?!?!
Attempted Suicide ?!?!
Diarrhea ?!?!
Hands Discolored Black
Itchy & Red Hands
Major Oral Exposure
Minor Dermal Irritation
Minor Eye Irritation
Minor Grass Damage
Minor Skin Exposure
Pain In Arm & Hand
Respiratory Exposure
Sickness ?!?!
Transient Dermal Irritation

LINKS

Minor Skin Exposure — Transient Skin Irritation

Weed Man’s Spraying On Neighbouring Lawns Made Wife Sick

Pain In Arm & Hand — Transient Dermal Irritation

Minor Exposure — Diarrhea Unlikely

Minor Skin & Respiratory Exposure — Mixed With Permethrin & Seed

Minor Dermal Irritation

Minor Eye Irritation

Minor Skin Exposure — Itchy & Red Hands

Minor Skin Exposure — Hands Discolored Black

Major Oral Exposure — Attempted Suicide

FeHEDTA Incidents Reports — Halifax

Animal Deaths Unrelated — Minor Grass Damage

LABEL

Fiesta Turf Weed Killer 2.0 ( Iron HEDTA )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A Report On The Dismal Failures Of Fiesta Green Alternative Herbicide

Dismal Failure ! — Web-Page

Prohibitions Rely On False-Facts Regarding The Effectiveness Of Fiesta Herbicide — British Columbia

Weed Man Results — Selected Excerpts From Home Stars Web-Site & Internet Forum — Province Of Ontario

Internet Forums Comments — Overwhelmingly Condemned — Province Of Ontario

Cannot Be Used To Validate Anti-Pesticide Prohibition

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Glyphosate Herbicide

SUMMARY

Health Canada made the right decision, and deserves congratulations.  After concluding a 7-year-evaluation of risks, Health Canada has granted the CONTINUED REGISTRATION of glyphosate with minor risk mitigation strategies.  Health Canada has found that glyphosate DOES NOT present risks of concern to human health or the environment when used according to label directions.  As of 2017, Health Canada has granted continued registration of products containing glyphosate for sale and use in Canada.  The evidence in favour of glyphosate is overwhelming.  Products containing glyphosate are UNLIKELY to affect your health.  Dietary risks from food and water are NOT of concern.  Non-occupational risks are NOT of concern.  Non-occupational risks from by-stander dermal exposure are NOT of concern.  Glyphosate products are NOT expected to pose risks of concern to the environment.  Overall, there have been NO environmental incident reports involving glyphosate in Canada.  Health Canada, as well as all other national regulatory agencies world-wide, have vindicated glyphosate.  These agencies include those within the European Union, the United States, and the United Nations.

ISSUES

Colon Cancer ?!?!
Major Severity ?!?!

LINKS

Unknown Major Severity — Symptoms Do Not Correspond

Colon Cancer Unlikely — Likely Had Cancer For 10 Years

LABELS

Credit Xtreme Herbicide Solution ( Glyphosate )

Glyfos Soluble Concentrate Herbicide ( Glyphosate )

Roundup Original Liquid Herbicide ( Glyphosate )

Sharda Glyphosate 360 ( Glyphosate )

Touchdown Total Herbicide ( Glyphosate )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Health Canada — Continued Registration Granted

Health Canada — Re-Evaluation Plan

Health Canada Has Granted The Continued Registration Of Glyphosate

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Imidacloprid Insecticide

ISSUES

Death ?!?!
Moderate Skin Exposure

LINKS

Moderate Skin Exposure — Rash, Sandals

Death Coincidental — USA

LABELS

Merit Solupak Insecticide 75 Per Cent Wettable Powder WSP ( Imidacloprid )

Quali-Pro Imidacloprid 75 WSP Insecticide ( Imidacloprid )

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Imidacloprid & Preliminary Pollinator Assessment

There Is No Potential Risk To Bees

Regulatory Reviews Show Slim Risk To Bees

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Incident Report  –  Health Canada

Insecticidal Soap

Green Alternative Pesticide

ISSUE

Minor Skin Exposure

LINK

Minor Skin Exposure — Poison Oak

LABELS

Safer’s Insecticide Soap Concentrate ( Fatty Acids )

Safer’s Trounce Insecticide Concentrate ( Fatty Acids )

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Killex Herbicide

ISSUE

ALS ?!?!

LINK

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — No Physical Evidence

LABEL

Killex Turf Herbicide Liquid Concentrate ( 2,4-D, Mecoprop, Dicamba )

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Neonicotinoid Insecticides

SUMMARY

Health Canada will continue to ALLOW neonicotinoid insecticides for use in certain sectors of the agriculture industry.  We must thank Health Canada for imposing no further restrictions against neonicotinoids used on agricultural crop seeds and greenhouse vegetables.  Existing restrictions ( i.e. prohibitions ) will remain, but they will not be expanded for the foreseeable future.  This is because neonicotinoid insecticides can be used effectively and safely without unnecessary risk to pollinators.  Unfortunately, anti-neonicotinoid terrжrism has not ended  ―  and it will NEVER end in Canada.  Additional cancellations and new restrictions will be imposed over the next two- to three-years.

There is NO proof that neonicotinoid insecticides harm honeybee colonies, when they are used properly.  Scientists, under the direction of the famed Dr Keith Ross Solomon, at the University of Guelph, have reported that there are NO studies that show that neonicotinoids have harmed honeybee colonies.  Scientists found that while these insecticides can harm individual honeybees, there is NO EVIDENCE linking them to the losses of a few bee-keepers in recent years.  In other words, when correctly-used, neonicotinoid insecticides DO NOT adversely affect honeybee colonies.  The use of these neonicotinoids with good agricultural practices DOES NOT present a risk to honeybees at the level of the colony.  Consequently, neonicotinoids are NOT a major concern for honeybees.

In fact, bees are NOT dying off in the wake of neonicotinoid insecticide use, they are actually GROWING AND THRIVING.  Why are a few bee-keepers losing their bees ?!?!  The most likely cause of losses are the bee-keepers themselves.  Incompetent bee-keepers are killing their own hives.  Observers have concluded that many bee-keepers have no idea what they are doing, and are simply not skilled to raise bees.  Bee-keepers are killing their own bees over and over again. Otherwise, bees are GROWING AND THRIVING.  There is NO bee-pocalypse because of neonicotinoid insecticide use.  There are NO plummeting of bee numbers.  However, SOME bee-keepers are losing their bees over and over again simply because they are incompetent !  Bees are NOT being lost because of neonicotinoid insecticide use.

ISSUE

Bee Losses ?!?!

LINKS

Update On Canadian Bee Incident Reports 2012-2016

Update On Neonicotinoid Pesticides & Bee Health

Bee Losses — Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes

RBee Losses — Coteau-du-Lac

Bee Losses — Montérégie

Bee Losses — St-Dominique

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Health Canada Proposes Few Neonic Restrictions

There Is No Proof That Neonicotinoids Harm Honeybees When Used Properly

Bees Are Growing & Thriving

Honeybee Colonies & Production Are Thriving

Imidacloprid & Preliminary Pollinator Assessment

There Is No Potential Risk To Bees

Regulatory Reviews Show Slim Risk To Bees

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Par III Herbicide

ISSUES

Seizures ?!?!
Skin Condition ?!?!

LINK

Dicamba — Seizures & Skin Condition — Not Expected

LABEL

Par III Turf Herbicide Solution ( 2,4-D, Mecoprop, Dicamba )

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Permethrin Insecticide

ISSUES

Death ?!?!
Minor Oral Exposure ?!?!

LINKS

Alleged Fatalities — Unsubstantiated

Minor Oral Exposure — Not Independently Verified

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Incident Report  –  Health Canada

Simazine & Paraquat Herbicides

ISSUES

Highly Acute Oral Exposure
Highly Acute Inhalation Exposure

LINK

Highly Acutely Toxic Oral & Inhalation Exposure

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

Tetramethrin

ISSUES

Minor Oral Exposure ?!?!

LINK

Minor Oral Exposure — No Basis For Determination

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Incident Report  –  Health Canada

United Kingdom ( UK )

LINK

Human Health Enquiry & Incidents Report — Slide Show

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Incident Reports  –  Health Canada

United States ( USA )

ISSUE

Death ?!?!

LINKS

State Lists Top Ten Pesticide Blunders — Al Phosphide — Bug Bomb — Bleach

Unexpected Death — Pesticide Was Not Felt To Be Contributory

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Background Information

More Wisdom From Health Canada

Explore the following links  …

Pest Control Products

Pesticides Evaluated As Acceptable For Continued Registration

Pesticides Removed Or Proposed For Removal

Re-Entry Intervals For Applications On Turfgrasses

Health-Canada-Approved Products

Importing Unregistered Pesticides

Scientific Studies Using Dogs

Management Actions On Product Safety

Fertilizer-Pesticide Combinations

Reference Documents

Pesticide Incidents — Blog

Approved Product Labels

Pesticide Spray Drift In Residential Areas

The Wisdom Of REAL Experts Who Speak Out

Ontario

Regulations Put Farmers At A Competitive Disadvantage

Standing Committee On Social Policy — Slide Show

British Columbia

Health Canada Expertise Is In The Field Of Pesticides

Pesticide-Hating Lunatжcs

Ontario College Of Family Physicians

Neil Arya

J K Cottam

Allan Taylor

Health Canada Link To Web-Site

Pesticides & Pest Management

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