Outdoor Foliar Products Re-Labeled
for Pollinator Protection
U.S. EPA issued a letter today to registrants of nitroguanidine neonicotinoid products
that requires new labeling on all products registered for outdoor foliar use,
include products that contain the active ingredients clothianidin, dinotefuran,
imidacloprid, or thiamethoxam regardless of formulation, concentration, or
necessary label changes incorporate a “Pollinator Protection Box” as well as
new pollinator language to be added to the “Directions for Use” section of each
labeling terms will highlight the measures necessary to better protect
pollinators and also help achieve label clarity and consistency across this
labeling must use the term “foraging” to describe any reference to bees, as
opposed to former phasing such as “actively visiting,” “actively foraging” or “visiting.”
is essential for these label statements to be implemented immediately on the labeling
of eligible products. In the absence of labeling changes, EPA will take
appropriate actions to ensure that these products are consistent with the
requirements of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
these changes are made in the expedited fashion described in the letter, EPA anticipates
labels with the new language will be available for the 2014 use season.
submission of efficacy data and the company’s pollinator stewardship plan
requested in the EPA’s July 22, 2013 letter should be submitted if they have
not been submitted to date.
are requested to submit an electronic label (text .pdf) and the fast-track
amendment application no later than September 3, 2013 via email to mailto:email@example.com.
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