Cinnaminson, New Jersey, April 21st
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it was taking the next step to discontinue use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food by denying objections to the agency’s rule revoking all chlorpyrifos tolerances. Chlorpyrifos has been found to inhibit an enzyme, which leads to neurotoxicity, and has also been associated with potential neurodevelopmental effects in children according to EPA.
Last August, EPA issued a final rule revoking the tolerances, which establish an amount of the pesticide that was allowed on food. For years, chlorpyrifos has been used for a large variety of agricultural uses. These included soybeans, fruit and nut trees, broccoli, cauliflower, and other row crops.
“Chlorpyrifos has been used as a pesticide since 1965 in agricultural and non-agricultural areas,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The EPA’s actions follow those of the European Union and Canada that had already restricted the use of chlorpyrifos on foods. This is good news as exposure to this pesticide can cause harm to not only people consuming contaminated foods, but also to farmworkers and even potentially for residents living in areas of use.”
To help food growers, processors, importers, distributors, retailers and regulators test for chlorpyrifos and many other organophosphate pesticides, EMSL Analytical offers food, environmental and industrial hygiene testing services. These services protect people and the environment while also helping to keep companies and food producers in regulatory compliance.
To learn more about pesticide testing or other food, industrial hygiene and environmental services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.
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