Canada – Abamectin, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit (PMRL2024-13)

Current status: Open
Opened on 26 June 2024 and will close for consultation on 9 September 2024

Health Canada is consulting the public and seeking your feedback on proposed maximum residue limit (MRL) increases for abamectin on papayas and fruiting vegetables (except tomatoes) imported into Canada; and new MRLs on tea and various other foods imported into Canada.

An MRL is the highest amount of a specific pesticide residue allowed on a particular food when a pesticide is used according to label directions.

The proposed MRL increases for abamectin are being requested to revise Canada’s existing MRLs to align with the United States (US) tolerances (another name for MRLs) for papayas and fruiting vegetables (except tomatoes) grown in the US.

The proposed new MRLs for abamectin are being requested to align Canada’s new MRL with the Japanese MRL for tea (for tea grown in Japan), and to align Canada’s new MRLs with the US tolerances for various other foods grown in the US.

These proposed MRL changes allow these foods, or any processed foods derived from them, to be imported and sold in Canada.

Abamectin

Abamectin is an insecticide registered for use in Canada on hops and various fruits and vegetables.
The use of abamectin on foods was first registered in Canada in 1996.

What is the proposed MRL decision
This consultation is on the proposed decision to:

Increase the MRL for abamectin from 0.03 parts per million (ppm) to 0.4 ppm on papayas imported from the US
Increase the MRL for abamectin from 0.02 ppm to 0.07 ppm on fruiting vegetables (crop group 8-09, except tomatoes) imported from the US
Add new MRLs on various foods imported from the US and Japan

Health Canada conducted scientific evaluations to determine the potential impact of the new abamectin MRLs. The scientific evaluations show that the proposed new and revised MRLs for abamectin would continue to meet Health Canada’s requirements for the protection of human health.

How to get involved
This consultation comment period is open for comment from 26 June 2024 to 9 September 2024 (75 calendar days).

To comment on PMRL2024-13:

Step 1: Open “View the proposed MRL decision” below to access the document.
Step 2: Submit comments to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency Publications Section on or before 26 September 2024.

Please be sure to include the title of the consultation document on which you are commenting.

Health Canada will consider all comments received up to 75 days from the date of publication of this document (by 26 September 2024) before making a final decision on the proposed MRLs for abamectin.

View the proposed MRL decision

Related information

Improving how we communicate about MRLs
Maximum residue limits, human health, and food safety

Reporting to the people of Canada
Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision on abamectin is finalized, the established MRLs will be legally in effect as of the date that they are entered into the MRL database. The MRL database is an online application that allows users to search for established MRLs, regulated under the Pest Control Products Act, for pesticides and foods.

If you have any questions, contact the Pest Management Information Service.

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Canada – Abamectin, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit (PMRL2023-17)

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) invites the public to submit written comments on the proposed maximum residue limit (MRL) for abamectin up to 75 days from the date of publication of this consultation document. The PMRA will consider all comments received before making a final decision on the proposed MRL for abamectin.

How to get involved
This consultation is available for comment from 28 February 2023 to 14 May 2023 (75 calendar days). Open the “Consultation Document” link to access the document.

If you would like to comment, see the Pest Management Regulatory Agency Publications Section page for contact information. Please be sure to include the title of the consultation document on which you are commenting. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions by 14 May 2023.

Reporting to Canadians
Health Canada will make the results of this consultation available on this website. Once the decision on abamectin is finalized, the established MRLs will be legally in effect as of the date that they are entered into the MRL database, an online query application that allows users to search for established MRLs, regulated under the Pest Control Products Act, both for pesticides or food commodities.

If you have any questions, contact the Pest Management Information Service.

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Canada – Abamectin and Its Associated End-use Products, Proposed Re-evaluation Decision (PRVD2023-01)

Health Canada is consulting Canadians on the proposal to continue some uses of abamectin and associated end-use products in Canada, provided new risk mitigation measures are put in place. The use of abamectin on greenhouse ornamentals grown for cut flowers is proposed for cancellation since occupational postapplication risks were not shown to be acceptable when used according to the current conditions of registration, or when additional mitigation is considered.

Abamectin is an acaracide/insecticide registered for use on a wide-range of outdoor field-grown fruit and vegetable crops, outdoor ornamentals, greenhouse vegetables and greenhouse ornamentals for the control or suppression of a variety of agricultural pests such as mites, sawflies, moths, thrips, leafminers, psyllids, aphids and certain beetles. It is also registered for commercial and domestic indoor and/or outdoor structural use to control cockroaches and ants.

To protect human health and the environment, the following risk-reduction measures are proposed:

Add personal protective equipment requirements for application of abamectin via handheld airblast/mistblowers
Limit the amount handled per day for application of abamectin via handheld airblast mistblowers
Impose restricted-entry intervals (REIs) of 1–11 days for onions, grapes and hops
Cancel the use of abamectin on greenhouse ornamentals grown for cut flowers as agronomically feasible REIs could not be established
Update label to meet current standards pertaining to personal protective equipment and best practice statements (spray drift)
Update commercial and domestic class structural end-use product labels to include a precautionary statement to protect domestic animals/pets
To protect aquatic organisms, maintain a vegetative filter strip and limit the maximum cumulative application rate.

For a full list of products containing abamectin, please consult Appendix I in the Proposed Re-evaluation Decision or visit the Pesticide Label Search database.

For more information on the proposed decision open the “Proposed Re-evaluation Decision”.

How to get involved
This consultation is open for comment from 28 February 2023 to 29 May 2023 (90 calendar days).

To comment on PRVD2023-01:

Step 1 Request the full consultation document to read the Science Evaluation that is the basis of this proposed regulatory decision.
Step 2 Submit comments to the PMRA Publications Section.

All comments received will be considered. A final re-evaluation decision will consider additional scientific information provided during the public comment period.

Please refer to the document title Proposed Re-evaluation Decision PRVD2023-01, Abamectin and Its Associated End-use Products when providing comments.

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 Re-evaluation Decision on the Pesticides and Pest Management Reports and Publications portion of Canada.ca.

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