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Ban on Chlorpyrifos

Last month, the US EPA announced that it would ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food citing public health concerns. The agency said that six months after this ban is published in the Federal Register the pesticide will no longer be permitted for use. Exposure to the pesticide is linked to mental delay and reduced working memory. Chlorpyrifos was banned for residential use in 2000. The additional ban will reduce exposure for farmworkers and children specifically as well as the general population. Several lawsuits have already been filed seeking damages for medical conditions related to chlorpyrifos exposure. Publication in the Federal Register is expected in a few months.

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Posted on 17 September 2021