12 Aug 2016
Canada to Phase Out Use of Certain Pesticides Containing Boric Acid
Health Canada has issued a determination to phase out from the Canadian marketplace 24 pesticide products that contain boric acid and its salts for use in and around the home. The decision covers products commercialised in powder form or in other formats where there is a potential risk of over-exposure for Canadians. As a result, the retail sale of the 24 targeted products will be prohibited from 23 July 2018 and their use will be barred from 23 July 2019.
The Canadian government will continue to allow certain other boric acid pesticide uses as long as the products comply no later than 22 July 2018 with more stringent labelling requirements aimed at better protecting the health of the Canadian population. This includes enclosed bait stations and spot treatments using gel formulations with much lower levels of exposure that are considered acceptable. Moreover, the government is conducting a broader review of boric acid under the Chemicals Management Plan and is seeking public input by 21 September on a draft risk assessment. Based on the draft risk assessment’s findings, Health Canada is advising Canadians to avoid using boric acid for arts and crafts projects such as homemade slime or modelling clay.