Agency Revokes Rules Allowing Carbofuran Residues in Food
Due to considerable risks associated with the pesticide carbofuran in food and drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is revoking the regulations that allow carbofuran residues in food, according to a July 24 press release.
Even though carbofuran is used on a small percentage of the U.S. food supply and therefore the likelihood of exposure through food is low, EPA has identified risks that that do not meet its rigorous food safety standards. The agency is taking the necessary steps to address these risks to ensure the safest food supply possible.
In addition, EPA 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, EPA 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 additional information, visit: epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/carbofuran/carbofuran_noic.htm