[NAFEX] story of possible interest

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Mon Aug 11 22:11:59 EDT 2008

I think cat's can be more sensitive than other mammals.  When I was a kid,
we dipped some cats in the dog dip and they acted drunk, probably because
the insecticide affected the nervous system.  We currently have some dog
pour-on insecticide that warns, most emphatically, not to use on cats.

As an aside,  more reported incidents with pyrethroids doesn't mean more
dangerous.  Simply because pyrethroids are more common now, and
organophosphates are being phased out, could account for the increase in
reported incidents.  As more pyrethroids are included in more household
products, there will be more incidents like children drinking them and such.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2008 6:33 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] story of possible interest

> 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.
> ___
> Ginda
> ...... 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
> 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
> research.
> >
> >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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