Citronella bug spray - banned against evidence, now back w/o new evidence

There have been a lot of baffling decisions made (or not made) at Health Canada lately. I'm thinking that a shakeup of some sort is needed as it is clear that leadership is not particularly effective.

Maybe sometime after October.

“The flip-flop is a bit worrying, why they changed their mind,” says biologist John Arnason, noting that if outside pressure instead of science finally tipped the scales, “that’s not a good thing.”

In 2005, the University of Ottawa professor was invited to join a government-appointed independent scientific panel to review Health Canada’s plan to phase out citronella-based bug sprays.

The essential oil had been used as an insect repellent in Canada for decades. But, after a review, the agency concluded there was an “absence of adequate safety data.”