Phase-out of strychnine proposed

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Health Canada is proposing to end the use of strychnine for killing ground squirrels. The proposal comes out of a scientific review of the poison, the federal department said.

“An evaluation of available scientific information confirmed that there are risks of concern for non-target organisms, including species at risk, for products registered to control ground squirrels,” said Health Canada.

The specific proposal is to cancel the registration of Maxim 2% Liquid Strychnine Concentrate, and to require the removal of ground squirrels use from the label of S.A.R.M Gopher Poison R.T.U.

People can comment on the proposal until Sept. 27. To comment or for more info, go to the Government of Canada website.

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