Food-on-Food Pest Control Exemptions

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) has been working towards getting an exemption for products used for managing disease, insects or weeds, made from products you can eat. Essentially, it is using “food-on-food” ingredients for pest control.

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This issue was raised at the March 1-2, 2017 OVCRT meeting. There is now a small window of opportunity to send list of these food-on-food pest control products to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) for consideration. PMRA is currently undertaking a regulatory review and is exploring options to possibly exempt food-on-food ingredients for pest control purposes.

PMRA has further clarified “food-on-food pest control product” to mean anything that is manufactured, sold or represented for use as food or drink for human beings, and any ingredient that may be mixed with food for any purpose such as a seasoning or spice, but excluding essential oils such as clove oil or thyme oil.

The Canadian Herb, Specialty Ag and Natural Health Product Coalition will be compiling this list and submitting to the PMRA. In terms of privacy, no names or contact information will be submitted with the list.

Please forward details about:

  1. What you know is being used,
  2. What is it being used for, and
  3. How it is being applied

by email, to Connie Kehler or Rochelle Eisen by May 1, 2017. 


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