Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New Act Could Ban Dangerous Pesticides

Great news for the health of all Canadians. The new federal Pest Control Products Act is set to come into force and would cause 61 dangerous pesticides to be reviewed, with the onus placed on the pesticide corporations to prove that they are safe for both the environment and human health:
According to the new Act, the federal Minister of Health is now obliged to initiate a special review of pesticides that contain active ingredients which have been banned by other member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) due to health or environmental concerns. Once the Minister initiates a review, the onus is on pesticide manufacturers to provide evidence that their products are not harmful.
The new act is a strong move that brings Canada in line with other nations and provides much stronger safeguards for all Canadians.

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