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From January 9, 2002
EPA Allows Change to Pesticide Label Requirements
Becoming effective February 12, 2002, EPA will allow the deletion of the "caution" signal word found on toxicity category IV pesticide products' labels. Environmentalists are concerned because the label change allows the elimination of language that warns of the risk and the potential for poisoning from using the pesticide product.
EPA regulations, 40 CFR Part 156, require the use of human hazard signal words on pesticide labels which are assigned by levels of toxicity. Toxicity categories range from I to IV, I being the most toxic and bearing the signal word "Danger. " Toxicity category II products must bear the signal word "Warning," while "Caution" has been used to indicate both class III and IV pesticides.
EPA officials stated
that they made the decision to allow the removal of the signal word from
class IV pesticides in order to eliminate confusion among consumers trying
to gauge the risks associated with these pesticides and the more toxic
ones bearing the same signal word.
For more information
contact Jean M. Frane, Field and External Affairs Division (7506C), Office
of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building,
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington DC 20460; (703) 305-5944; or [email protected]
or contact Beyond Pesticides.