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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/13/2021
Author Paul Cochrane
Title EPA Releases Final Rule Revoking All Tolerances for Chlorpyrifos on Food
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides pesticide testing services to mitigate exposure to these and other potential chemical hazards.

Cinnaminson, NJ, October 13th, 2021

In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would stop the use of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos on all food to better protect human health, particularly that of children and farmworkers. The EPA states the pesticide has been found to inhibit an enzyme, which leads to neurotoxicity, and has also been associated with potential neurological effects in children.

In a final rule released that month, the EPA revoked all “tolerances” for chlorpyrifos, which establishes an amount of a pesticide that is allowed on food. The agency also proclaimed it would issue a Notice of Intent to Cancel under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to cancel registered food uses of chlorpyrifos associated with the revoked tolerances.

Over the years, the organophosphate insecticide has been used for a large variety of agricultural uses, including soybeans, fruit and nut trees, broccoli, cauliflower, and other row crops, as well as non-food uses.

“A number of countries, including the European Union and Canada, had already restricted the use of chlorpyrifos on foods,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Exposure to this and other pesticides can cause harm to not only people consuming contaminated foods, but also to farmworkers and even potentially for residents living in areas of use. EMSL offers food, environmental, and industrial hygiene testing services to identify chlorpyrifos and many other organophosphate pesticides.”

To learn more about pesticide testing or other food, industrial hygiene, and environmental services, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675, or email info@EMSL.com.


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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