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Texas Legislature Fails to Protect Students from Chronic Oral  Pesticide Poisoning

 

Texas Department of Agriculture

Correspondence Concerning Pesticides and GMOs 

Perception: Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, supervises the Integrated Pest Management Program to insure students are protected from exposure to pesticides. He actively monitors pesticide residues in foods served to students in public schools and is protecting students from chronic oral pesticide exposure.

Reality: Currently, the Integrated Pest Management Program does not protect students from chronic oral pesticide exposure. Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Sid Miller, is relying on inaccurate information concerning pesticide residues in school foods and IS NOT protecting students from chronic oral pesticide exposure in public schools.

On March 14, 2016, Commissioner Sid Miller states there are low doses of glyphosate in foods served to children in public school, however, on May 18, 2017 the FDA stated in a memo: "FDA has never monitored glyphosate and the acid herbicides in its regulatory pesticide program."

 

 

 

Source:

FDA Internal Memo From Consumer Safety Officer. (2017, May 18). Retrieved from https://usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FDA-May-18-2017-memo-on-gly-and-24-D.pdf

 

 

Key Points:

*" Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in the world and the acid herbicides include five of the top 10 active ingredients used in the home and garden sector: mecoprop, dicamba, triclopyr, pelargonic acid, and 2,4-D (also one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world)."

*"FDA has never monitored glyphosate and the acid herbicides in its regulatory pesticide program."

*" In its audit of the FDA’s pesticide program, GAO noted that glyphosate and 2,4-D were among the most commonly used pesticides in the United States, but that FDA has rarely tested for these pesticides in its regulatory monitoring program or disclosed the fact that it does not test for these pesticides."

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Source:

FDA Internal Memo From Consumer Safety Officer. (2017, May 18). Retrieved from https://usrtk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FDA-May-18-2017-memo-on-gly-and-24-D.pdf

Office Of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

Correspondence Concerning Pesticides and GMOs

Perception: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will protect students from chronic pesticide poisoning in public schools. 

Reality: Currently, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick will not protect students from chronic pesticide exposure in public schools.