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June 9, 2017

State chemist confirms paraquat in non-labeled pesticide

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Office of Indiana State Chemist, the state agency that regulates pesticide products, has confirmed the presence of paraquat in samples of a non-labeled product sold as a weed killer in the Rockport, Indiana area.

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 a half ounce).

The non-labeled product was distributed by an unlicensed individual in water or milk jugs. Officials say it poses a significant threat to anyone who ingests or handles it improperly.

“It is critical for anyone who might come into contact with this product to exercise extreme caution and to notify the proper authorities immediately,” said David Scott, pesticide administrator in the Office of Indiana State Chemist.

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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