Is it safe to eat blueberries in treated areas? How will I know if wild berries and edible plants are in treatment areas?

The insecticides used (Btk and tebufenozide) are not harmful to the health of humans or other animals and only affect larval insects (such as spruce budworm). Health Canada has determined that there is no health concern associated with eating berries or edible plants (e.g. blueberries, raspberries) treated with either insecticides during forestry applications. Moreover, treatments are targeted to spruce/fir forests – open areas where berry crops grow are less likely to be treated. Public notices (printed ads) and signage at entrance points to treatment areas are placed in advance of aerial application. Signage stays up for a minimum of 7 days after treatment. Spruce budworm treatments typically occur in late-May and June.

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