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Ontario may still ban pesticide deemed safe by Health Canada

Despite 2,4-D's recent approval by Health Canada it may not be saved from Ontario's planned ban on pesticides for home and garden.


June 17, 2008
By The Canadian Press

June 16, 2008

TORONTOOntario won't scrap plans to review the
safety of a potentially dangerous pesticide despite its recent approval by
Health
Canada.

Environment Minister John Gerretsen says Ontario's proposed pesticide ban seeks to
look at the "cumulative effects" of chemicals like 2,4-D. He says the
federal government looks at such chemicals on a "product-by-product"
basis.

The provincial government has put forward a list of 80 chemicals and 300
products that will be part of a regulatory system to be invoked if the bill
passes.
The exact products and ingredients to be banned in Ontario will be laid out in the
regulations.

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency concluded its re-evaluation of 2,4-D last
month and found it meets Canada's strict health and safety
standards.