CCSPA Welcomes the Government of Ontario's Discussions on the Use of Lawn and Garden Pest Control Products

    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - As special interest groups today called on
Premier McGuinty to move forward with legislation regarding the use of pest
control products in lawn and garden care, members of the Canadian Consumer
Specialty Products Association welcomed the dialogue and called on the
Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada represented by Health
Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to put science back into the
    "Through research, development, environmental stewardship, and adherence
to strict regulatory requirements, our members provide safe and effective
products that make our lives healthier and more convenient, every day," says
Shannon Coombs, President, Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association.
"We believe all Canadians deserve the highest standard of safety for public
health and the protection of our environment, and we call on Health Canada to
join this discussion and answer legitimate questions regarding how these
products are deemed safe before being registered for use."

    Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency evaluates every
registered product and all of their ingredients and examines any potential for
health or environmental impact before allowing their sale in Canada. Their
findings are consistent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
European Commission and pesticide regulators in all other OECD countries
around the world.

    Ontario's Ministry of Environment governs the use, storage, display and
distribution of pest control products used by landscape professionals and
homeowners, and by the horticulture, structural pest control, agricultural and
vegetation management sectors.

    The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association is a national trade
organization representing Canada's consumer, industrial and institutional
specialty products industry.

For further information:

For further information: Shannon Coombs, President, CCSPA, (613)
232-6616 ext. 18

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