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Medical News and Perspectives
March 15, 2006

Approval for Pesticide Toxicity Testing in Humans Draws Criticism

JAMA. 2006;295(11):1237-1238. doi:10.1001/jama.295.11.1237

A rule allowing some toxicity testing of pesticides on human subjects has gained support from the pesticide industry while drawing attack from some legislators and public health advocates.

The rule, issued January 26 by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ends a moratorium on human testing imposed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush last summer. The moratorium was to remain in place until the EPA established strict ethical standards for such studies.

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