Ministry of Agriculture
Pesticide Label Information
- The Pesticide Label
- Read the Label
- Information on Labels
- Special Labeling for RESTRICTED Products
- the active ingredient
- what the hazards are when you use the product
- how dangerous the pesticide is
- how to use it safely
- the rates at which the product should be used
- what to do in case of an accident
The label shows the pesticide is registered by Health Canada. It also gives the name and address of the company that makes the pesticide, if you need more information about it.
If all of the required information can't fit on the label, the company may include a booklet or pamphlet with the pesticide. They may also print information on the wrapper, or on stickers or tags that are attached to the container. These attachments are considered part of the label. Make sure you have all the information you need before you use any pesticide.
A pesticide label is a legal document. It tells how the product should be used. It is against the law to use the product in any other way, or to use it in an unsafe way. It is also against the law for anyone to tell you that a pesticide can be used for anything that is not on the label.
Labels for pesticides registered in Canada may be accessed through the internet. Click on Canadian Pesticide Labels to learn to search for pesticide labels.
Labels are constantly changing, especially since the federal government started re-evaluating pesticides. Many pesticide labels now have resistance management categories on the front. More labels are specifying buffer zones and re-entry times. Certain uses are no longer allowed and new uses are being added. Precautions are also being modified. Read the labels carefully and note any changes compared to the product you purchased before. Since there is so much to remember from a label its advisable to read the label:
Before you buy a pesticide
- Is this the right pesticide for your crop?
- What is the formulation? How do you mix it?
- How much do you need?
- How should you apply it?
Before you mix and apply a pesticide
- Are there restrictions on using this pesticide?
- When should it be used? Are there times when you should not use it?
- What are the hazards?
- What protective clothing and equipment do you need?
- What first aid is needed if there is an accident?
Before you store a pesticide
- Where should you store it?
- Are there any special instructions (i.e. temperature)
Before disposing pesticides and containers
- How can you get rid of the container safely?
- Are there any special instructions?
Whats on the Main Display panel:
|4. AGRICULTURAL 5. 10 L|
|1. CONTROL-ALL 500 EC|
2. Emulsifiable Concentrate
|READ THE LABEL BEFORE USING|
|6. WARNING POISON|
|7. GUARANTEE: (active ingredient)|
|8. REGISTRATION NO. 00,000|
PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS ACT
|9. Generic Products|
Somewhere St, Anytown B.C. H0H 0H0
The Front Panel Shows:
- Trade Name or Product Name - This name is assigned by the registrant or company.
- Formulation - States the type of formulation (e.g. emulsifiable concentrate)
- Use - States the type of product (e.g. herbicide)
Classification - States the federal classification. This indicates
who can use the product. There are four classifications:
- Domestic products intended for use in and around the home. They are sold in small packages and have a low toxicity.
- Commercial (may also be called Agricultural, Horticultural, Industrial or Forestry) products designed for use in commercial operations, in agriculture, forestry or industry. They are usually more concentrated than domestic products and are sold in larger containers.
- Restricted products can only be used by certified pesticide applicators in BC. They have special restrictions on the labels and are more hazardous than the other classifications
- Manufacturing products are used by companies that manufacture or
formulate pesticides. They are not available to the farmer.
- Net Contents - States how much is in the package. The amount is shown in metric units.
- Precautionary shapes, symbols and signal words show the main type of danger and degree of danger associated with the product.
- Guarantee states the common name of the active ingredient(s) in the product. The active ingredient is the part of the pesticide product that controls the pest. The guarantee also shows how much active ingredient is in the product. The guarantee may be shown as either weight per volume (i.e. 500 grams/liter) or as a percentage by weight (i.e. 40%)
- Registration Number (P.C.P. Act#) shows the product can be used in Canada. It may appear as REG.NO. 00,000 P.C.P. Act or Registration Number 00,000 Pest Control Products Act. American products have an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) number. Pesticides with EPA numbers are not allowed to be used in Canada. The registration number identifies the product to the government, manufacturer and Poison Control Centers.
- Pesticide Companys Name and Address is the name and address of the company (registrant) that registered the product. They can provide more information about the product.
The following example shows how a restricted product may be labeled:
- NATURE OF RESTRICTION: This product is to be used only in the manner authorized. Contact local pesticide regulatory authorities about use permits which may be required. This product is to be stored and displayed apart from food and feed.
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