Garden Grove, CA, March 12th, 2012
In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. This list includes Lactofen, an herbicide used to control broadleaved weeds in soybean, cereals, potatoes and peanuts. It was added to the Prop 65 list in 1989.
Lactofen is applied as a foliar spray and is available in a solid form and as an emulsifiable concentrate. It is a restricted use pesticide in the EPA’s Toxicity Class I. The herbicide is a member of the diphenyl ether chemical family. It is sometimes combined with oil or fertilizer adjuvants and formulations may contain such solvents as xylenes and cumene.
“Exposure to Lactofen has been shown to cause severe eye damage and skin corrosion on test animals,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc., leading environmental and industrial hygiene testing laboratories. “California’s Proposition 65 lists the chemical for cancer in their toxicity category. People could be exposed to the herbicide if they are agricultural workers or live in areas close to fields that have been recently treated with Lactofen. Testing to identify the presence of Lactofen can help prevent needless human exposures and possible damage to the environment,” he continued.
LA Testing provides testing services for Lactofen and other potentially hazardous chemicals. To learn more about Proposition 65 testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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