The initiative by Sprayers101.com to incorporate a label summary sheet into an overhaul of the obsolete label system, complete with universal icons, has the support of producers and industry.
CropLife Canada spokesperson Russell Hurst said the organization supports the initiative to explore the usefulness of labels in their current state.
“We need farmers and applicators to better understand the information in these sometimes-lengthy documents. That would mean people could better comprehend the information so they use the products safely and as intended,” he said.
“We’re very much supportive of the dialogue Tom (Wolf) and Jason (Deveau) started regarding an overhaul of the product label system plus using icons to highlight certain items of information. The whole issue of PPE is an example of the need for label information that’s better understood.
“However, at this point I think it’s premature for CropLife to take an active role in their process. We’re not quite there yet. But we are highly supportive. At the end of the day, we all want the label statements to be better comprehended by growers and applicators. That’s the journey we’re on.”