A Closer Look at Chlorpyrifos
Our team of attorneys is currently investigating claims that chlorpyrifos may cause neurological damage in children.
Were you or a loved one exposed to chlorpyrifos? Call ASK LLP today at (877) RING ASK (877-746-4275) for a free case evaluation.
How Chlorpyrifos is Used
Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide. It has been approved for use in the US since 1965. It is one of the most widely used pesticides in the US, where farmers apply it to the following crops:
- Bell peppers
- Hot peppers
- Snap peas
Why Chlorpyrifos May Be Harmful to Humans
According to the National Pesticide Information Center, when chlorpyrifos is touched, inhaled, or eaten, it causes the nervous system to malfunction, which eventually kills the pest. The National Pesticide Information Center further reports that chlorpyrifos affects the nervous system of people the same way it affects pests. Limited exposure can reportedly cause:
- Runny nose
- Increased saliva/drooling
And severe exposure can reportedly cause:
- Loss of coordination
- Blurred or darkened vision
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
Some studies suggest a potential link between prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos and negative consequences in children. A 2006 study published in the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics found that children who were exposed to high levels of chlorpyrifos were significantly more likely to experience:
- Psychomotor Developmental Index delays
- Mental Developmental Index delays
- Attention problems
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder problems
- Developmental Disorder problems
A 2011 follow-up study found that children who were exposed to high levels of chlorpyrifos also had a lower IQ.
How the EPA is Limiting Americans’ Exposure to Chlorpyrifos
On August 18, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule revoking all tolerances for chlorpyrifos. This means that the EPA is effectively banning chlorpyrifos from use on food in the US. The EPA’s decision to revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances on food may be related to its review of studies suggesting a link between chlorpyrifos and neurological damage in children. The EPA noted that it has been reviewing scientific data on chlorpyrifos “for over a decade,” and that the data supports the conclusion that chlorpyrifos potentially impacts the developing brain with “adverse outcomes” in several neurological domains including:
- Anxiety and emotion
- Social interactions
- Neuromotor functions
CALL TODAY! If you or a loved one have been exposed to chlorpyrifos, you might be entitled to compensation. Call ASK LLP at (877) RING ASK (877-746-4275) for a free case evaluation.
Why You Should Choose ASK LLP
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