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Pesticide Firms Dispute EPA’s Ban on Carbofuran Residues

9:37 AM MDT | May 22, 2009 | Kara Sissell and Rebecca Coons

EPA has issued a final rule that revokes the agency’s long-standing policy of allowing fruit and vegetables sold in the U.S. to contain limited residue of the pesticide carbofuran. EPA says carbofuran presents unacceptable dietary risks to children. Carbofuran is used on crops including bananas, coffee, potatoes, rice, sugar, and sunflowers. The residue ban applies to domestic and imported food, but it does not prohibit growers from using carbofuran on crops in the field, producers say. However, the ban means that there would be no market for those crops...

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