[health-vn] Pesticide Carbofuran Banned for Food Crops [USA]
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Wed May 13 01:46:05 EST 2009
Pesticide Carbofuran Banned for Food Crops
"The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Monday banning the use
of the pesticide carbofuran on food crops, saying it poses an unacceptable
health risk, especially to children.
The insecticide, sold under the brand name Furadan, has been under EPA review
for years. Its granular form was banned in the mid-1990s because it was blamed
for killing millions of migratory birds. The agency began its effort to remove
the pesticide completely from the market in 2006.
Furadan is manufactured by Philadelphia-based FMC Corp., which has fought the
ban. In March, the company voluntarily scaled back its uses, in hopes of heading
off broader restrictions."
H. Josef Hebert reports for the Associated Press May 11, 2009.
Source: AP, 05/12/2009
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