Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide that has been used by farmers to grow staple food crops, such as corn, apples, and wheat. People exposed to this chemical are filing lawsuits claiming that their children have suffered neurological health issues due to this particular chemical.
If you or your loved one has been injured due to the toxic pesticide, you can file a Chlorpyrifos lawsuit with the help of a Chlorpyrifos birth injury lawyer. You can seek compensation for your medical bills as well as other damages.
What is Chlorpyrifos chemical?
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide. It works by attacking the pests or insects in their nervous system to keep them from damaging crops. The pesticide controls invasive pests- such as spiders, beetles, grasshoppers, and public health pests such as mosquitoes and ants. Other than for agricultural purposes, the chemical is also used to keep insects away from golf courses, inside homes, lawns, and gardens.
Is Chlorpyrifos toxic to humans?
Chlorpyrifos is considered acutely toxic for humans, especially babies. Experts are divided on whether small amounts of exposure can harm humans or not. Minor exposures cause runny nose, sweat, increased saliva production, and tears. People may experience headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Major exposures of the same can lead to severe health consequences.
Exposure of Chlorpyrifos to humans has been linked with neurological effects, autoimmune disorders, and persistent developmental disorders. When pregnant women are exposed, it can harm the baby, no matter how little the exposure may be. The conditions that may occur are:
- Reduced IQ
- Delayed motor development
- Lower birth rate
- Attention disorders
- Loss of working memory
How are people exposed to Chlorpyrifos?
Ways a person can get exposed to the toxic chemical are:
- By inhaling it (during spraying)
- By touching it (skin contact)
- By eating it.
Farmers who spray it on the agricultural fields are at higher risk. Chlorpyrifos is sprayed in large amounts on the crops, so it poses a significant threat to the person’s health if safety measures are not taken.
Regular people who are away from agricultural processes can get exposed as well. This chemical is mainly used to grow staple food crops, that is, the food we eat regularly. The residue of Chlorpyrifos is still found on fruits and vegetables even after washing several times. Not only that but traces of the chemical have been seen in drinking water.
Children are at significant risk. Children often put their fingers and hands in their mouths. Children are also fed fruits, vegetables, and juices by their parents for their healthy weight gain. EPA reported that there is no “safe level” of exposure for Chlorpyrifos. For children of ages 1-2, all food exposures to the chemical exceed the safe level by 140 times.