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Federal government to review 23 pesticides, reversing earlier ruling

Environmentalists are declaring victory after the federal government announced it would launch a health review of 23 pesticides, including a popular weed killer.

The decision comes after the groups filed lawsuits claiming the law obliges the government to review any product that has been banned in major countries.

The pesticides, which are banned in Europe, are found in 360 different products widely available for consumer and industrial use in Canada.

The weed killer 2,4-D alone is used in 140 different products and applied on everything from wheat crops to golf courses to lawns.

The government says it won’t launch reviews for another six pesticides that were included in the lawsuits.

Lawyer Laura Tessoro, who represented the environmental groups, said the lawsuit will remain on the books to ensure Ottawa follows through on the reviews.