Consultation on Bromoxynil and Its Associated End-use Products, Proposed Special Review Decision PSRD2019-01

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Bromoxynil is a registered herbicide used by growers in Canada to control weeds in food and feed crops including alfalfa, corn, wheat, onions, garlic, carrots, and several seedling grasses. This special review considers several forms of bromoxynil present in currently registered products: bromoxynil octanoate, bromoxynil heptanoate, and bromoxynil phenol. Visit the pesticide label search for a full list of bromoxynil registrations in Canada.

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has initiated a special review of bromoxynil. This special review was based on the decision taken by Norway in 2000 to prohibit the use of bromoxynil due to human health and environmental concerns. The PMRA has evaluated these aspects of concern and is consulting Canadians on a proposal to continue the registration of bromoxynil, with changes to the way bromoxynil can be used, to further protect health and the environment.

Proposed changes include the following, with more described in the consultation document itself:

  • updates to the aquatic toxicity statement, the runoff statements, and use directions
  • updates to the Personal Protective Equipment requirements
  • additional measures to protect workers performing handset irrigation and hand harvesting in certain crops.

For more information on the proposed decision open the “Proposed Special Review Decision

How to Get Involved

This consultation is open for comment from 30 January 2019 to 16 March 2019 (45 calendar days).

Reporting to Canadians

Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision is finalized, the PMRA will post a Special Review Decision on the Pesticides and Pest Management Reports and Publications portion of Canada.ca. If you have any questions, contact the Pest Management Information Service. Interested in our other consultations? Sign up and stay informed about topics that matter to you.

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