[NAFEX] story of possible interest
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Mon Aug 11 07:33:15 EDT 2008
Hmm, I had a kitten who got very ill after I washed him with a
pyrethrin-based flea shampoo. The other kitten, treated exactly the same,
did fine, so I think there's individual variation in susceptibility.
...... Original Message .......
On Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:12:40 -0500 "Brungardt, Sam"
<Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us> wrote:
>More than a quarter of all significant pesticide-related health problems
reported to the U.S. EPA in 2007 involved a class of insecticides deemed
safe by the agency, says a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.
Naturally occurring pyrethrins and their synthetic counterpart,
pyrethroids, have been touted as safe alternatives to nasty
organophosphates. In the past decade, they have increasingly shown up in
pet shampoos, roach killers, carpet cleaners, and more. EPA data for 2007
reflect 1,030 reported incidents involving pyrethrins and pyrethroids --
more than any other class of insecticide -- compared to 261 in 1998. CPI
"uncovered this public-safety issue through more than a dozen Freedom of
Information Act requests and crunching the data," says CPI's Bill
Buzenberg. "This should be basic public information if the EPA were doing
its job." Indeed, the EPA had planned to study the health effects of
pyrethrins and pyrethroids in 2010, but now plans to expedite that
>sources: Center for Public Integrity, Lancaster New Era, Minnesota Public
Radio, The Guardian
>straight to the report: Perils of the New Pesticides
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