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Unformatted text preview: 54 | P a g e 5 / 1 5 / 2 0 0 9 P E S T I C I D E C A R B O F U R A N B A N N E D F O R F O O D C R O P S By H. Josef Hebert - Associated Press WASHINGTON The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Monday to ban the use of the pesticide carbofuran on food crops because it poses an unacceptable health risk, especially to children. The insecticide, sold under the brand name Furadan, has been under EPA review for years. I ts granular form was banned in the mid-1990s because it was blamed for killing millions of migratory birds. The agency began its effort to remove the pesticide from the market in 2006. Furadan's manufacturer, FMC Corp. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has fought the federal action. In March, the company voluntarily scaled back its uses, in hopes of heading off broader restrictions. FMC Corp. officials could not be reached immediately for comment. The company said on its Web site that Furadan "remains a useful product, vital to the sustainability of agriculture " and that its proper use "does not create a risk to human health, wildlife or the environment."environment....
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