Ban Nerve Agents in Our Food Act of 2018 (HR 6631, 115th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Subcommittee
Date of Last Action
Sep 20 2018
Congressional Session
115th Congress
Date Introduced
Jul 26 2018
Publication Date
Nov 9 2018

SciPol Summary

The Ban Nerve Agents In Our Food Act of 2018 (HR 6631) seeks to prohibit the use of organophosphate pesticides due to the known effects of these pesticides on the environment and human health. Specifically, the bill would completely ban the use of these pesticides or any pesticide residue in or on food, and halt the sale and use of existing supplies of organophosphate pesticides.

Individuals exposed to organophosphates can develop organophosphate poisoning. Symptoms of organophosphate exposure include salivation, lacrimation (abnormal or excessive secretion of tears), urination, defecation, gastric cramps, and emesis (vomiting), otherwise known as SLUDGE. Specific populations, including agricultural workers, are at an increased risk of pesticide poisoning. One study indicates that 25 million agricultural workers across the world develop pesticide poisoning annually. Additionally, individuals can contract organophosphate poisoning through eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

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