Processing Magazine

EPA dumps rules allowing potato pesticide in food

July 28, 2008

Federal regulators said they''re revoking regulations that allow food to contain a pesticide used on edible crops including potatoes and sugar beets, citing danger to human health, the Associated Press reports. The Environmental Protection Agency says it''s identified risks indicating the chemical doesn''t meet the agency''s rigorous food safety standards. A Colorado man earlier this year pleaded guilty to misapplying carbofuran in an incident that killed more than 2,200 birds. Sold under the brand name Furadan, carbofuran is manufactured by Philadelphia-based chemical maker FMC Corp.