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 |Organophosphate Pesticides"

EPA Pesticide Program Updates
from EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs 05/21/2010


EPA Statement Regarding Pediatrics Article,
"Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of
Organophosphate Pesticides"

A study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that
"organophosphate exposure, at levels common among U.S. children, may
contribute to ADHD presence."

The Agency is taking this study very seriously and is incorporating its
findings in EPA's ongoing evaluation of the organophosphate pesticides,
along with additional health data. EPA has completed a comprehensive
reevaluation of all the organophosphate pesticides, and one of the
outcomes of this process was the elimination of nearly all residential
uses of organophosphate pesticides as well as some food uses to reduce
risks to children.  Data used in the Pediatrics study, from 2000-2004,
would have been generated while these OP uses were being phased out and,
thus, would not have reflected the new restrictions imposed by EPA.

Overall, the Agency agrees with the authors' conclusion that the data do
not currently prove that organophosphates cause ADHD and that there are
limitations in the organophosphate exposure assessment through the use
of a single metabolite from a single spot urine sample. To determine
whether a causal relationship exists between pesticides, including
organophosphates, and health effects, the Agency is collaborating with
various agencies of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention in sponsoring the National Children's
Study (NCS), a prospective study of the sort recommended by the authors.

EPA recommends that consumers who want to reduce their exposure to
pesticides use common sense pest control methods that remove sources of
food, water, and shelter for pests to reduce or eliminate pest problems
before turning to pesticides.  Always read and carefully follow label
directions before using any pesticide.  In addition, washing and peeling
fruits and vegetables and eating a varied diet, will also reduce
potential pesticide exposure.

OP Reregistration and Registration Review:

Seventeen OP pesticides have been canceled since the beginning of the
reregistration process, leaving 32 currently registered. Fifty-eight OP
pesticide uses on foods commonly eaten by children were canceled or are
being phased out.  As a result, OP pesticide use on kids' foods
decreased from approximately 28 million pounds of active ingredient to
approximately 12 million pounds (a 57% reduction) between the mid-1990s
and 2004.  The Registration Review schedule for the OP pesticides has
also been accelerated, with dockets opening in 2008 and 2009.


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