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Carbofuran-related Death Reported in Komchadluek Newspaper

In Research on 23/12/2010 at 12:31 am

22 December 2010 – from Komchadluek Newspaper

The headline reads: “Deathly exposure from use of  FURADAN”

What is especially significant about this headline is the use of the product name, Furdan, in the headline.  Carbofuran, the active chemical in this pesticide produced by the FMC corporation, is a broad spectrum, systemic insecticide that is used on a range of crops, including rice, corn, watermelon, eggplant, and a number of other fruit and vegetable crops. Corporations like FMC work hard to prevent the names of their products from being mentioned in the media when there are instances of misuse, illness of death related to those products.  Carbofuran is recognized as one of the most dangerous pesticides on the market today.

Thailand imports over ten thousand tons of carbofuran per year. In 2004, Thailand exported to neighboring countries 1,160 tons of insecticides, 1,203 tons of fungicides, and 1,333 tons of herbicides.[2] Carbofuran is highly toxic and depresses the human nervous system. Pesticide poisonings have stayed at a low level since the late 1990s, but unsafe levels of blood cholinesterase activity (direct result of carbamate chemicals) has doubled from about 15% to 30% by occupation in Thailand.  Farmers are reported to have the highest number of poisonings within 2,342 cases in 2003.[3]

For more information, please review our series of articles about Carbofuran – “A Public Health Risk”   ชาวบ้านทำอินทรีย์ ราชการขนเคมีเข้าหมู่บ้าน : ขบวนการมือไม่พาย เอาเท้าราน้ำ and ความจริงของ คาร์โบฟูราน Carbofuran


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