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US EPA simplifies "bug bomb" labels

The US EPA is introducing new labelling requirements to reduce the incidence of human exposure to pesticides from residential total release foggers or “bug bombs”. While incidents are relatively infrequent, there have been cases of serious injury, the EPA points out. Most were due to failure to follow label instructions, so they are being simplified. The Agency has notified registrants of pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides that the label changes take effect on September 30th 2011. It is also working with companies to encourage smaller foggers, time-delayed release and non-flammable propellants. The EPA has denied a petition from the New York City Department of Health to classify foggers as restricted-use pesticides.

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