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Consumer Product Safety

Incident Report

Subform I: General Information

1. Report Type.

New incident report

Incident Report Number: 2012-4470

2. Registrant Information.

Registrant Reference Number: x

Registrant Name (Full Legal Name no abbreviations): x

Address: x

City: x

Prov / State: x

Country: x

Postal Code: X

3. Select the appropriate subform(s) for the incident.


4. Date registrant was first informed of the incident.

5. Location of incident.

Country: CANADA


6. Date incident was first observed.


Product Description

7. a) Provide the active ingredient and, if available, the registration number and product name (include all tank mixes). If the product is not registered provide a submission number.


PMRA Registration No.       PMRA Submission No.       EPA Registration No.

Product Name:

  • Active Ingredient(s)

7. b) Type of formulation.

Application Information

8. Product was applied?


9. Application Rate.


10. Site pesticide was applied to (select all that apply).

Site: Agricultural-Outdoor/Agricole-extérieur

11. Provide any additional information regarding application (how it was applied, amount applied, the size of the area treated etc).

applied to alfalfa crop 9am on Sunday, June 24, 2012.Applied by a licensed custom applicator with ground sprayer, high clearance Nearest water: wet spring, water in ditches etc, everywhere - bees did not have to forage far for water. Weather on a day of application: sunny, 20 celcius, flowers blooming. Beekeeper last visited each site within a week; all yards were healthy. All beeyards were permanent sites, not moved for crop pollination.

To be determined by Registrant

12. In your opinion, was the product used according to the label instructions?


Subform IV: Environment (includes plants insects and wildlife)

1. Type of organism affected

Terr. Invrtbrt-Honey Bee/Inv.Ter-Abeille

2. Common name(s)


3. Scientific name(s)


4. Number of organisms affected


5. Description of site where incident was observed

Fresh water



Salt Water

6. Check all symptoms that apply


7. Describe symptoms and outcome (died, recovered, etc.).

Yard F Adult foraging bees. 378 affected hives. Est. 7.6 million bees dead. Approx. 40% loss at the affected hives. Losses 1/3 of beekeeper's annual production capacity. Death of majority of adult foraging bees of affected hives; reduced viablility of the hives (loss of food production from nectar/pollen collecting bees) this year and future years. Substantial setback - were source for new hives; expansion capacity reduced. At least 35-45% of the bees dead at all 7 beeyards. Single hives: 7-8 frames of brood, 10 - frame brood chambers. Dead - dying bees were primarily seen on ground outside hives, no other significant behavioural changes noted. Forage: wildflowers, various blooming weeds i.e. dandilions, hawks beard, clover, etc. For some of the beeyards, bees would have to fly over various fields, which may have been sprayed with insecticides in order to reach forage sites. Notably, alfalfa fields would typically be sprayed 1 - 2 weeks before leaf cutter bees were placed in the fields. 378 hives, all affected. 1 frame brood and bees in a 4 - frame box (mating nucs; half hive starter). May have been less affected (in terms of percentage of hive population death), since the hives were younger and fewer old foragers before affected. Estimated financial losses: $750000. The alfalfa field that was observed being sprayed the morning of June 24th was a first year field, so it had a lot of blooming weeds, which likely attracted a lot of faraging bees. At least three of the beeyards listed on the additional page were within easy foragaing distance of the field (Yards A, B, C); however , due to the widespread nature of the incident, more than one field/application/chemistry may have been involved. Preventative treatments for varroa mites (Aivar PCP No. 29092; Spring, Mar192012 mite counts less than 1%), and American Foulbrood (Oxytet antibiotic) Samples of dead bees from ground (and control samples of live bees from inside affected hives and an unaffected hive) were collected and a subset selected for analysis. Results to be determined

8. a) Was the incident a result of (select all that apply)


8. b) i) How many times has the product been applied this year?


8. b) ii) What was the date of the last application?


9. Did it rain

9. a) During application?


9. b) Up to 3 days after application?


10. a) Was there a buffer zone?


10. b) What type?

10. c) What was the size of the buffer zone?

11. a) Were environmental samples collected and analysed?


To be determined by Registrant

12. Severity classification (if there is more than one possible classification, select the most severe)

13. Please provide supplemental information here