Statement by CropLife America Response to: Pediatrics: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides
May 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC – CropLife America understands that ADHD is a serious disorder that affects many families, and fully supports continuous study to help better understand its cause. However, our review of the published journal story in "Pediatrics," which makes summary of the study, leads us to believe much more research is needed to ascertain if there is a direct link between exposure to organophosphate pesticides and the development of ADHD in children. All crop protection products are extensively reviewed by regulatory agencies before approval for market use. Many scientific factors are examined by government pesticide regulators, based on extensive laboratory testing, all of which are intended to guarantee safety for the environment and people, including children. The class of crop protection compound that is the subject of this study has been approved and registered by the U.S. EPA, and when used according to the label, the EPA has determined it to be safe.