Pesticide Industry News Weekly: Top Stories and Insights

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Welcome to this week’s roundup of the latest news and updates in the world of pesticides. Staying informed is crucial for pesticide handlers, and this week we bring you important developments, including a major recall of Yogi Tea bags due to pesticide residue, the innovative creation of a sticky pesticide designed to protect beneficial insects, and essential regulatory and safety updates for those working with pesticides. These updates underscore the continuous efforts to enhance safety standards and introduce sustainable solutions in pesticide use.

Recall of Yogi Tea Bags Due to Pesticide Residue

FDA and East West Tea Company, LLC Issue Recall on Yogi Tea Bags Due to Pesticide Residues Exceeding Action Levels: The East West Tea Company has recalled 54,846 boxes of Organic Yogi Echinacea Immune Support tea bags distributed nationwide. The recall was initiated due to the detection of pesticide residues exceeding established action levels. Consumers are advised to check their purchased items for specific UPC and lot codes and dispose of them if they match the recalled items. The FDA has classified this recall as ‘Class III,’ indicating that consuming the tea is unlikely to result in adverse health effects. No illnesses have been reported so far.

Development of a New Sticky Pesticide

Scientists Develop Sticky Pesticide to Combat Pest Insects: Researchers from Wageningen University and Leiden University have developed a sticky pesticide inspired by the carnivorous sundew plant. This new pesticide, made from vegetable rice oil, is designed to trap insects without harming beneficial insects like pollinators. The sticky substance remains effective for three months and can be washed off with water and dish soap. This innovation aims to reduce the use of toxic chemical pesticides and minimize the risk of pesticide contamination in food.

Regulatory and Safety Updates

Pesticide Handler Safety Online Training Certification Course: An online training certification course is available to address the risks of pesticide exposure, symptoms of pesticide poisoning, and protective measures for pesticide handlers. This course is essential for anyone involved in mixing, loading, handling, transferring, or applying pesticides. It covers various safety protocols, including the use of personal protective equipment and emergency response procedures.

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Requirements: The EPA’s Worker Protection Standard (WPS) mandates specific protections for pesticide handlers, including restrictions during applications, monitoring handlers working with toxic pesticides, and providing personal protective equipment. Employers must ensure that handlers are trained and equipped to handle pesticides safely.

These updates highlight the ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of pesticide handlers and the development of innovative solutions to reduce the reliance on chemical pesticides.

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