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EPA Must Ban or Reduce Chlorpyrifos Residue in Food, Court Says

April 29, 2021, 7:02 PM

The EPA must ban chlorpyrifos residue in food, or determine how much to reduce the allowable amount, a federal appeals court decided Thursday in the face of building evidence that the pesticide causes injuries.

Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. asked the Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit foods with chlorpyrifos residue in 2007 because of the chemical’s health effects. After more than a decade of agency inaction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit gave the agency 60 days to decide what, if any, amount is safe.

The court also ordered the ...

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