[NAFEX] story of possible interest

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Tue Aug 5 12:12:40 EDT 2008

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
9131B186E50E> . 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 research.          

sources: Center for Public Integrity
9131B186E50E> , Lancaster New Era
9131B186E50E> , Minnesota Public Radio
9131B186E50E> , The Guardian
straight to the report: Perils of the New Pesticides

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