Aurora Farm forced to discontinue production and sales of popular bug spray Manitoba Mist by Health Canada.
Health Canada’s restrictive and expensive process for registering pesticides is forcing small-scale business Aurora Farm from producing and selling it’s proven insect repellant Manitoba Mist.
Health Canada representative suggested that the process of registering a pesticide will cost upward of $180,000. The initial PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) Pre-submission Consultation Request can take up to 16 weeks.
“Manitoba Mist has been an excellent product to complement our other natural care products and contributed a significant revenue stream. It’s unfair for Health Canada to make its registration process so lengthy and expensive.” Louise May, Aurora Farm.
An economical, local product like Manitoba Mist is important for families who don’t want to use DEET based products. Local families who purchase Manitoba Mist from Aurora Farm directly or at Farmers’ Market are disappointed by the decision by Health Canada.
“You know we love your bug spray!!!! Safe for the whole family and it actually works! This is coming from someone who has an abnormal allergy to mosquitoes! It even worked on the black flies at the beach.” Local family
In August 2014, Health Canada announced that it was banning Citronella from bug sprays despite scientific evidence to the contrary. By December 2014, Health Canada reverted its decision stating “popular outcry”.
“There is no sense of credibility at Health Canada in this instance and I won’t be putting the resources into fighting it. Instead, I will be posting my recipe online. All the natural ingredients can be purchased at my farm store and over-the-counter at most natural food and health stores” Louise May, Aurora Farm.
Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency:
August 31, 2014 Citronella banned:
Feb. 19, 2015 Citronella ban lifted: