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EPA Shrinks Childrens’ Safety Margin for Class of Pesticides

Aug. 2, 2019, 9:52 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency is removing childrens’ protections from a common class of pesticides because it says they are no longer warranted.

The change means the agency believes that risk standards set for adults for the pyrethroid class of pesticides are protective of kids.

Pyrethroids are the synthetic versions of pyrethrin insecticides, which are naturally derived from chrysanthemum flowers.

“Based on a thorough review of recent data, EPA concluded that there are reliable data to support reducing the current threefold (3X) Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) safety factor for pyrethroids to 1X (one fold), and that margin will be ...