Using unregistered pesticides could harm your health
(NC) Using unregistered pesticides, attempting to make your own pesticides, or not following the use instructions on the label of a registered pesticide, could place you and your family at risk.
Before any pesticide can be registered for sale and use in Canada, it must undergo an extensive scientific assessment process to identify potential health and environmental risks. While registered products include use directions and safety precautions, unregistered products carry no assurance that they can be used safely or that they actually work.
Registered pesticide products are always identified by a five-digit pest control product (PCP) registration number contained on a bilingual label. This is your assurance that Health Canada has conducted a science-based evaluation of the product and concluded that it can be used safely when label directions are followed.
Consumers can use Health Canada's online Pesticide Label Search tool to check if the product they already have is still registered, and to help identify the right pesticide to meet a specific need. Use an Internet search engine to find “pmra label search”, or select 'Search Pesticide Labels' at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/pmra.
For assistance with the Pesticide Label Search feature or information about pest management and pesticides, contact Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency toll-free at 1-800-267-6315, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
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