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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • New plant labeling law is in effect to protect pollinators

  • A new plant labeling law is now in effect in Minnesota to protect pollinators, such as honeybees, from expose to toxic levels of insecticides. The new law become effective July 1 and requires that plants advertised as “beneficial to pollinators” must be free of detectable levels of certain systemic insecticides.
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  • A new plant labeling law is now in effect in Minnesota to protect pollinators, such as honeybees, from expose to toxic levels of insecticides. The new law become effective July 1 and requires that plants advertised as “beneficial to pollinators” must be free of detectable levels of certain systemic insecticides.
     
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will enforce the law. MDA Director of Plant Protection Geir Friisoe says the law is meant to protect plant pollinators from exposure to detectable levels of insecticide residues that may persist in flowering plants sold in Minnesota nurseries.
     
    “The new law does not allow labeling or advertising of plants as “beneficial to pollinators” if the plants have been treated with certain systemic insecticides. Systemic insecticides are compounds that move within the tissues of a plant which means they can potentially reach the plant flowers where pollinators may be feeding or collecting pollen,” said Friisoe.
     
    The MDA has developed a fact sheet about the new law that is posted on the agency’s website at www.mda.state.mn.us/labelfactsheet. In addition, Minnesota business owners and residents with questions about the new law can send an email to mda.nursery@state.mn.us for information about the law, compliance, and labeling options.
     

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