Market Acceptance of Pesticide Use Policy
July 2, 2019
‘Framework for Consultations’
Canada’s grain value chain is committed to supplying customers around the world with safe, high-quality grains, oilseeds, pulses and special crops (grains). To support this commitment, the value chain works together to establish policies that reinforce Canada’s position as a competitive, dependable supplier of grains that meets end users’ needs and expectations. The Canada Grains Council is now consulting stakeholders on a new framework to manage trade compliance risk related to pesticide use.
Canada has one of the most advanced pesticide registration processes in the world and subjects each use to a thorough scientific assessment to ensure it meets Health Canada’s stringent standards. Pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs) are established at levels that are significantly below any level that could impact human health and are a rule-based reflection of good agricultural practice/use (rather than an indication of food safety). In spite of these protections, trade compliance issues can arise due to growing misalignment between different MRL policies in different countries around the world, which includes the application of zero (or near-zero) tolerances due solely to different timing of approvals in different jurisdictions.
Canada’s grain value chain has developed this framework to proactively evaluate the MRL-related trade risk of chemistry/crop use patterns, as well as to develop a consistent approach across all grain, oilseed, pulse and special crops commodity value chains in assessing and making recommendations on the use of various pesticides given potential foreign regulatory import hurdles. When representatives from the value chain determine that the potential for an MRL-related trade disruption is unacceptable, a recommendation on the use of the chemistry/crop use pattern is developed and communicated throughout the value chain.
The framework strives to provide an appropriate balance between enabling the commercialization of innovative and new chemistry/crop use pattern products, while ensuring that Canadian exports are not exposed to unacceptable trade risk.
Please direct your comments to the Canada Grains Council at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to August 31, 2019.
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