Neonic decision delayed until spring

A decision on neonicitinoid seed treatment insecticides has been put off until spring, the federal health department said on its website recently.

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A decision on neonicitinoid seed treatment insecticides has been put off until spring, the federal health department said on its website recently.

It said the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its evaluations of the controversial pesticide which beekeepers in particular have complained about.

On its website, the Pest Management Review Agency division of Health Canada said:

“Due to the vast amount of new information received, and the measures taken related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific reviews have encountered delays.

“Health Canada is now expecting to publish these decisions (aquatic special reviews of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, and the general re-evaluation of imidacloprid) in spring 2021.”

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