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Perils of the New Pesticides

From: Center for Public Integrity
Length: 03:00

CPI examines the danger of common household insecticides.

Pestthumb_small This is a report about the potential health risks posed by a group of chemicals known as pyrethrins. These neurotoxins can be found in thousands of household insecticides, from Hartz Flea & Tick Killer to Raid Ant and Roach Killer. Manufacturers market these chemicals as safe, alternative pesticides, but an investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity revealed they may pose health hazards of their own. An analysis of 10 years' worth of health incident reports filed with the EPA by pesticide manufacturers, found that pyrethrins, and their synthetic relatives pyrethroids, accounted for more than 25 percent of all fatal or significant human exposures in the United States in 2007. Children and individuals with ragweed allergies or other respiratory sensitivities are particularly at risk of experiencing adverse reactions to these chemicals, which can include a sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, and in some cases death.

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This is a report about the potential health risks posed by a group of chemicals known as pyrethrins. These neurotoxins can be found in thousands of household insecticides, from Hartz Flea & Tick Killer to Raid Ant and Roach Killer. Manufacturers market these chemicals as safe, alternative pesticides, but an investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity revealed they may pose health hazards of their own. An analysis of 10 years' worth of health incident reports filed with the EPA by pesticide manufacturers, found that pyrethrins, and their synthetic relatives pyrethroids, accounted for more than 25 percent of all fatal or significant human exposures in the United States in 2007. Children and individuals with ragweed allergies or other respiratory sensitivities are particularly at risk of experiencing adverse reactions to these chemicals, which can include a sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, and in some cases death.

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Review of Perils of the New Pesticides

Reading the brief synopsis, I was wondering what a "soar throat" was. Do you mean "sore"?
Clearly Mr. Pell does not understand the difference between "pyrethrins" and "pyrethroids" . They are not interchangeable.
There certainly have not been 50 deaths associated with "pyrethrins" in the ten year time frame noted.
There is an abundance of chronic toxicology data on file with EPA. EPA regulates the sale and use of pesticides. FDA regulates drugs. In the case of pyrethroids used on humans, those products are regulated by FDA.
By the way, pyrethroids have been used in agriculture and in consumer pesticides for decades. They are not "new".

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Transcript

Center for Public Integrity
Podcast---Pesticides

MUSIC INTRO

The following is a special report from the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. The Center?s latest project is ?Perils of the New Pesticides.? I?m Bill Buzenberg, the Center?s executive director.

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This is a report about the potential health risks posed by a group of chemicals known as pyrethrins. These neurotoxins can be found in thousands of household insecticides, from Hartz Flea & Tick Killer to Raid Ant and Roach Killer. But while manufacturers market these chrysanthemum-derived chemicals as safer alternatives to earlier pesticides, an investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity revealed they may pose health hazards of their own.

An analysis of 10 years? worth of health incident reports filed with the EPA by pesticide manufacturers, found that pyrethrins, and their synthetic relati...
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Timing and Cues

Intro--- 0'00-0'12
Main---0'12-2'52.5
Outro---2'52.5-3'00

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