Agriculture News

June 8, 2017

Indiana state chemist issues paraquat advisory

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Office of Indiana State Chemist, the state agency that regulates pesticide products, has learned that an unlicensed individual in the Rockport, Indiana area has sold non-labeled water or milk jugs containing what he initially told a state investigator may be an unidentified weed killer containing paraquat.

Paraquat is a federally restricted-use pesticide that, when ingested, can be life-threatening. A toxic dose can be as little as 10-15 milliliters (less than ½ ounce).

If you have purchased or received this non-labeled pesticide product or know of someone who has, avoid use and all personal human contact immediately. For safe handling and legal, no-cost disposal guidance, immediately contact one of the agencies listed below:

 

* Office of Indiana State Chemist

George Saxton

800-893-6637

saxtong@purdue.edu
 

* Rockport Police Department

812-649-6049

 

Source: David Scott, 765-494-1593, scottde@purdue.edu

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Shari Finnell, Manager/Media Relations and Public Information, sfinnell@purdue.edu  
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