Canadian greens object to clothianidin approval renewal
The environmentalist group, Friends of the Earth Canada, has filed a notice of objection to the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency's (PMRA) decision to renew the conditional registration of products based on the neonicotinoid insecticide, clothianidin. The PMRA renewed the 2009 registrations of Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent Canada's insecticides, Clutch 50 WDG and Arena 50 WDG in July (Agrow No 669, p 19). The Agency has extended the deadline for the submission of certain data, including a study on chronic toxicity to bees, until December 2015. Friends of the Earth Canada says that clothianidin should be "off the market" until proven safe to bees and other pollinators. The PMRA intends to place additional restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments to protect pollinating insects (see this issue).