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.