“The (United States Environmental Protection Agency) regulates pesticide use and publishes risk assessments associated with their use,” said Steve Brown, an entomologist and assistant dean for Extension with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Food producers are required to follow EPA’s guidelines.”
No specific organophosphate, or OP, was identified in the published study. OPs are sometimes used to control insects in agricultural production and indoor pest control. There are more than 900 federally approved pesticides that can be used in the U.S. Of those, 37 are classified as OPs, including malathion and chlorpyrofos. Chlorpyrofos is seldom used on fruit or foliage.
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