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August 23, 1976

Phosphorus Poisoning

Author Affiliations

Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio

JAMA. 1976;236(8):918. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270090014012

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To the Editor.—  The ar rial on phosphorus poisoning (235: 1343, 1976) are most timely but, unfortunately, not entirely accurate. As ly mon and Pickering indicate, elemental phosphorus has long been employed as a been employed form, it is used as a paste and smeared on some edible product. However, both EPA labeling However, both lationstional Pestlations and N sociationctice statements caution about using such a material on recognizable food, such as bread or crackers, and placing the bait form where children can find it. the bait form where nately, and practice are not always the same. However, this form of the rodenticide is used relatively little these days, in part because of the atively li ardoblem, and it is available only to professional workers. mwonder whether the cases cited are of recent occurrence.Another compound, zinc phosphide, is one of the frequently used acute (single de, is one of