Cinnaminson, NJ, November 26th, 2014
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed removing 72 chemicals from the approved list of pesticide inert ingredients. The majority of pesticide products contain a mixture of different ingredients. Those ingredients that are directly responsible for controlling pests are called active ingredients, an inert ingredient is any substance that is intentionally included in a pesticide that is not an active ingredient. These inert agents are not toxic to the targeted pest; nevertheless, some of these inert ingredients are capable of causing health problems according to the EPA.
“We are taking action to ensure that these ingredients are not added to any pesticide products unless they have been fully vetted by EPA,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients.”
The EPA’s actions are a response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians for Social Responsibility and others. These groups had requested the EPA issue a rule requiring disclosure of 371 inert ingredients found in pesticide products.
“Exposure to ingredients from pesticides are a concern for everyone from the farm worker and pest control operator to families who have these chemicals in their homes or possible residues on their food,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL provides comprehensive pesticide testing services for air, soil and water, as well as pesticide residue testing services on food products. These services are available to industry, environmental consultants, government regulators and the general public.”
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about pesticides and indoor air quality (IAQ) that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/WKe-RsJUNa4.
To learn more about pesticide testing services, sampling supplies and personal protective equipment, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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