EPA Taking Steps to Rid Carbofuran Residues in Food

Saying there are considerable risks associated with the pesticide carbofuran in food and drinking water, EPA is revoking the regulations that allow carbofuran residues in food. The agency says that even though the pesticide is used on only a small percentage of the U.S. food supply, making the likelihood of exposure through food low, it has identified risks that do not meet the agency's rigorous food safety standards and is thus taking the necessary steps to address these risks to ensure the safest food supply possible.

EPA said it is proceeding on the path toward cancellation of the pesticide registration, which will address the risks to pesticide applicators and birds in treated fields. As part of this effort, the agency also is releasing its response to the peer review conducted by the independent Scientific Advisory Panel and the agency's response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's comments on the effect of the cancellation of carbofuran on the agricultural economy. EPA will accept public comments on the proposed tolerance revocation for 60 days.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/carbofuran/carbofuran_noic.htm.

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