EPA Orders New Restrictions on Insecticide

Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, propoxur would be restricted in hospitals, food-handling establishments and other facilities where children may be present.

Federal regulators recently announced increased limits on the use of propoxur, a common insecticide, over its potential effects on human health.

Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, propoxur would be restricted in hospitals, food-handling establishments and other facilities where children may be present.

The EPA previously banned propoxur sprays in homes, schools and day care facilities in 2007 and restricted the insecticide in pet collars last year.

The agency said that implementing the newly proposed limits would leave "no remaining food uses, and no tolerances levels for propoxur."

“Today, we are taking strong steps to protect human health — especially the health of children — from this widely used insecticide,” said Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention assistant administrator Jim Jones.

The EPA said the use of propoxur and other carbamate insecticides fell by 70 percent between 1995 and 2013.

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