February 26, 2007

New PEI pesticide rules increase controls on higher-risk products

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -In Prince Edward Island, new regulations for domestic class pesticides will see higher-risk products sold through a dispensary or behind-the-counter system beginning this spring. Pesticides classified as "domestic class" by Health Canada include products for general household use, such as lawn and garden pesticides, insect repellents and rodent control products. Environment, Energy and Forestry Minister Jamie Ballem said PEI's new regulations separate domestic pesticides into two categories based on their potential risk to human health and the natural environment: self-select domestic pesticides (lower-risk products which may still be displayed on store shelves); and controlled-purchase domestic pesticides (higher-risk products which will be available only through a dispensary or behind-the-counter system). Businesses that sell controlled purchase products must be licensed; and staff who sell, or provide recommendations on the use of controlled purchase domestic pesticides must successfully complete a written examination to receive a Domestic Pesticide Vendor Certificate "The new regulations will encourage the use of lower-risk pesticides, while those who choose to buy higher risk products will have the benefit of first speaking with a knowledgeable salesperson who can provide information on the safe use of the product," said Ballem. A complete list of self-select domestic pesticides and other information on pesticides may be downloaded from the PEI Web site, www.gov.pe.ca/go/domesticpesticides, or requested from the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry, 902/368-5053, E-mail pesticideinfo@gov.pe.ca. Products not on the self-select list are controlled-purchase domestic pesticides.

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