Saying unregistered pesticides imported from other countries can pose dangers to Canadians, Health Canada has announced that it plans to tighten the personal use exemption for imported pesticides. The agency is concerned about the dangers of unregistered pesticides being brought into Canada because they have not been assessed for safety by the department and may not be labeled or packaged properly for safe use in Canada.
The exemption’s current wording refers to where the imported pesticide would be used, such as in and around the home, rather than the type of pest control product that can be imported, so it doesn’t prevent Canadians from legally importing pest control products that either pose an unacceptable risk or that require special equipment and training to be used safely. Health Canada and the Canada Border Service Agency lack the authority under the Pest Control Products Act to refuse entry of such products if they meet the exemption criteria. The possibility of Internet sales and the potential threats they could pose to human health and the environment were not under consideration when the exemption was created in 1972, according to the agency’s proposal.