On June 29, 2018 the Government of Canada announced the proposed cancelation of Strychnine in Canada for the use of ground squirrel control. These proposed changes will be of specific interest to our farming and ranching members, many of whom use this product. Overall this proposal is simple, but it is important to consider the potential impact of this change to your farming and ranching operation as we have heard by many of our members that ground squirrel infestation is a serious problem and there are no other alternative options to control ground squirrel infestations that are nearly as effective as Maxim 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate.
Strychnine is a registered pesticide used by growers to control ground squirrels. Products containing Strychnine for ground squirrel control include Maxim 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate and S.A.R.M Gopher Poison R.T.U.
Following a scheduled re-evaluation under the Re-evaluation Program, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is consulting Canadians on the proposal to cancel the use of Strychnine for ground squirrel control due to effects on non-target animals.
This review identified environmental concerns in the potential poisoning of non-target animals, including species at risk such as the swift fox and burrowing owl. There is concern mitigation measures would not be practical.
As such, Health Canada is proposing to cancel the registration of Maxim 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate, and to require removal of ground squirrel use from the label of S.A.R.M Gopher Poison R.T.U.
The proposal is currently undergoing public consultations until September 27, 2018. If these proposed changes will have a negative impact to your business operation it is important to have your voice heard, share your concerns and to participate in the conversation.
What can I do?
- Contact your MP and express your concerns. Find your MP
- Should you wish to send a letter directly to your MP, UFA has provided a form letter that you can use. All you need to do is add your MP’s name and your signature at the bottom of the letter. View the letter
- Submit your comments to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).
What is UFA doing?
Over the next month UFA’s Government Relations team will be executing on an advocacy plan with the objective of the federal government to reconsider these proposed changes.