EPA to ban carbofuran pesticide

Then US Environmental Protection Agency said last week that it has identified risks associated with the pesticide carbofuran and is proceeding toward cancelling the pesticide’s registration.

“EPA has concluded that dietary, worker, and ecological risks are of concern for all uses of carbofuran. All products containing carbofuran generally cause unreasonable adverse effects on humans and the environment and do not meet safety standards, and therefore are ineligible for reregistration.”

Carbofuran is an N-methyl carbamate insecticide and nematicide registered to control pests in soil and on leaves in a variety of field, fruit, and vegetable crops.

According to this ICIS News article, the sole US carbofuran manufacturer FMC recently filed suit in US District Court in Washington, DC, to contest the EPA’s cancellation effort.

One Response to EPA to ban carbofuran pesticide

  1. Nell Liquorman 28 July, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    It is not surprising that the maker of carbofuran filed suit to stop the EPA’s cancellation efforts.

    Chemical companies spend millions to protect their good name and their products, and they appear to care little for what the public thinks. Perhaps it is time that the public decides issue like this instead of the courts. And hey, we can.

    REFUSE TO BUY HARMFUL AND DEADLY CHEMICAL PRODUCTS. AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

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