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Consumer Product Safety

Incident Report

Subform I: General Information

1. Report Type.

New incident report

Incident Report Number: 2013-3662

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

Prov / State: ONTARIO

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: unknown

  • 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: Unknown / Inconnu

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

In 2012, there were no treatments applied to the hives. In 2013, the following treatments were applied to the hives: formic acid and amitraz. There were no treatments applied to the hives. Information on crops located near the beeyards: 100ac of soybeans was 10m from the beeyard. Nothing since planting (according to landowner, via BK) was used on the crop. Other crops in the area include bee yard is in a hedgerow surrounded by conventional soybeans. Landowner has told BK that nothing has been sprayed on the beans since planting . The soybeans did not appear to have been sprayed for aphids. Bees have been kept in this location for 20 years. Although it is not one of BK highest producing yards, the BK keeps them here because the farmer is conscientious of the bees. On 14 Aug, in the morning, BK noticed dead bees outside the majority of the hives (less than 100 bees in front of each hive). He has not had abnormal queen or brood issues this season. Honey was taken off on 4 Aug (which was the last time the yard was visited). BK notes that honey production was lower than normal, but that this was seen across all yards and could be a result of a late spring and cooler than average summer. This yard is 600m N of another BK yard which was significantly affected. BK notes that bees are fielding poorly and that there is not nearly enough fielding bees. None of the dead bees had pollen on their legs. Mite shakes by BK on 2 Aug were 0 mites/300 bees. On 14 Aug, BK noted crawling/twitching bees on the ground, on 15 Aug there are no symptoms in living bees. On 4 Aug, BK added extra supers to the hives so that he would not have to come back and check so soon. In 2006 had a total loss from bad overwintering. 2012/2013 have been bad years for honey production. Hive 1: Good queen (BK breeds 90% own queens). Very gentle bees (they don't come to the surface when the box is opened). Capped brood (less than usual). There is a bread in the brood pattern indicating that the queen was not laying for a short period of time. No open larvae (older larvae). Queen was present in hive. No supsersedure cells. Hive 2: Little bit of chalkbrood. 0mites/300 bees. No crawling bees in front of hives. Bees flying in efficiently, no neurological issues. No dead bees outside poorer hives. Hive 3: constant requeening. Queen cells (supersedure). Queenless, no dead bees. Hive 4: stronger (for this yard). lots of dead bees out front. Brought from home yard in 2012, this year it was doing worse (than at home yard). Uncapped pupae (domed but not covered). Capped pollen (has seen this for years in various hives in various yards). Laying nicely. 0mites/300 bees. young larvae, few eggs, laying edge to edge. No pollen on frames. Break in brood production. Some frames have solid brood. Hive 5: good laying patter. Decent population (better than most). 0 mites/ 300 bees. Initial call (Aug 14): a lot of dead bees, 100s in front of some hives, bean field right near, corn in area. Hives good Aug 4, took honey off.

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)

honey bee

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.).

There were a total of 20 colonies in the bee yard. There were 20 affected colonies. There were 0 - 500 dead bees observed outside of hive. After the adverse effects there was a noticeable decline in foraging. Additionally, fielding poorly, not nearly enough fielders. Adult bee symptoms included shaking/trembling/twitching. Additionally, observed shaking/trembling on Aug 14, but during inspection on 15 there were no more adult effects. No brood symptoms. Queen symptoms included emergency/supersedure queen cells, queen stopped laying. Additionally, some colonies requeening, hive #3 has been constantly requeening. Sample of dead bees taken from affected hive had positive detects for carbofuran and pyraclostrobin. Sample of dead bees taken from affected hive had positive detects for pyraclostrobin. Sample of live bees taken from unaffected hive (hive 4) had positive detects for pyraclostrobin. Sample of water taken had positive detects for Imazamethabenz-methyl, water from creek 10 from bee yard. Samples of pollen had no detected active ingredients. The weather at the time of the incident was sunny, 25C. Prior to the incident, the frames of bees doing well, took honey off Aug 4 and the average frames of pollen and honey lower than normal honey yield (could be weather). The following pests were present in the affected bee yard in the past year; chalkbrood. After the incident, not enough fielders to know the average of frames of bees, the frames of brood had some laying issues/queenless hives, and the frames of pollen and honey had lower than normal honey yield (could be weather). Additional food sources provided to the bees included sugar syrup in fall , spring if needed. Buys redpath sugar and mixes himself.

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