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Activists Buzz in Support of Intuitive Insecticide Labels


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Activists Buzz in Support of Intuitive Insecticide Labels

A group of activists recently sent a public letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking for pesticide manufacturers to feature ingredient lists on product labels.

Because the contents of insecticides can be toxic to humans if accidentally ingested, the Center for Environmental Health wants manufacturers to be forced to disclose all potentially hazardous contents with an ingredient list.

Attorney Wendy Park, who represents the CEH, explains that current labels don't help consumers deal with accidental ingestions. By naming specific chemicals in the product, users could quickly research what they need to do to avoid becoming ill.

"Nutrition labels are required to tell you how much cholesterol a product has, but pesticide companies can sell products without disclosing that they contain chemicals that can cause cancer, birth defects and other health problems," said Caroline Cox, Research Director at CEH, in a statement. "It's far past time for truth in pesticide labeling."

Furthermore, ingredient lists would help consumers distinguish legitimate pesticides from illegal ones. In the state of New York, for example, more than one dozen unregistered and illegal insecticides were found being sold by retailers.