How do Pesticides get recalled?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency continually works to minimize the risks of human health through pesticides recalls whenever any product is thought to be faulty or substandard. Equally, manufacturers recall their products voluntarily to reformulate or repair the potential hazards. Some of the most recent pesticides recalls include the following:
PackTite Heating Units for Bed Bug Control
About 9,000 PackTite heating units have been recalled due to consistent complaints from consumers that the units were overheating. In one of the incidences, the items under treatment were singled. However, no injuries have been reported so far. The overheating of the units can cause them to melt and trigger the onset of a fire thereby posing a fire hazard.
Mouse and Rat Pellets Banned
The EPA banned some brands of mouse and rat pellets due to health risks they posed to human beings. It was found that the pellets were coated with a harmful powder that could cause respiratory complications when inhaled by human beings. In addition, the pellets were deemed not to be as effective as advertised and that consumers had to use other measures to get rid of mice or rodents. No injuries were reported.
The EPA Warns About Illegal Harmful Pesticides Being Sold Online
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has warned consumers to be on the lookout for banned pesticides being sold illegally through fastpestcontrol.com. Specifically, the EPA warned about a product by the brand name Fast Ant Bait. According to EPA, the product contains traces of mirex, another pesticide that was banned in 1978 because it caused reproductive, nerve and liver, as well as skin damage.
According to Steves Owens, an administrator at the Agency, illegal pesticides are most of the time much more toxic than the approved pesticides. He further stated that once a pesticide has is off the market, it is no longer safe for use by humans.
Who Has the Jurisdiction Over Pesticides recalls?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has the jurisdiction over any pesticide recalls
How Do You know if the Pesticide That You Are Using Has Been Recalled?
Again, the EPA constantly updates the public on pesticide recalls through their official website www.recalls.gov/epa. Therefore, the best way to know about the recall status of a pesticide that you may be using is to check on the Agency’s website.
What Do You Do With a Recalled Pesticide?
Since any product that has been recalled is not fit for human use, the best way to deal with a recalled pesticide is to get rid of it.