Pesticide News Story: EPA Seeks Public Input on Newly Designed Graphic for Bug Repellent Labels - New graphic will help consumers make informed choices to protect their health
For Release: November 6, 2013
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a Federal Register Notice seeking public input on a new insect repellent graphic for skin-applied insect repellent product labels. The graphic, which may be applied voluntarily by manufacturers, will provide consumers with important health information including the estimated number of hours a product will repel potentially harmful insects like mosquitoes and ticks when used as directed.
"EPA is working to create a system that does for bug repellents what SPF labeling did for sunscreens," said Jim Jones, assistant administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "By providing vital health information to consumers, this new graphic will help parents, hikers and the general public better protect themselves from serious health problems caused by mosquito and tick bites."
Current labeling of skin-applied insect repellent products does not allow consumers to easily identify the insects repelled by a product and the amount of time the product remains effective. Over the past four years, EPA has held focus groups and worked with manufacturers and others to create the new graphic, which will display consumer information in a more prominent and standardized format. The graphic will only be placed on insect repellent products that are applied directly to the skin.
Effective insect repellents can protect against serious mosquito and tick-borne diseases. In the United States, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus. Ticks can transmit serious diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Using the right insect repellent and taking other preventive actions can discourage bites from ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Companies will be able to request approval to use this graphic through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) registration process.
View the FR Notice, graphic and additional information at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/insect/repellency-awareness.html.
We are very interested in obtaining comments from the public on the repellency graphic. Please help us by sharing this message with your contacts through the Web and social media.
Below are links to the agency’s press release, a blog from Assistant Administrator Jim Jones and social media posts for you to share with your own members and electronic mailing lists.
JIM JONES BLOG:
How long does your insect repellent last? Tell us what you think about our proposed graphic: http://go.usa.gov/DGcH #bugspray
Will this proposed graphic help you pick an insect repellent to keep #mosquitoes & #ticks away? Let us know: http://go.usa.gov/DGcH.
FACEBOOK & GOOGLE+ & FLICKR:
We're looking for a new way to help you pick an insect repellent to keep mosquitoes and ticks away. Does this proposed image tell you how many hours a product works? Companies will be able to put the final image on product labels. Let us know what you think! Learn more here: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/insect/repellency-awareness.html.
FACEBOOK & GOOGLE:
Are mosquito and tick bites ruining your time outdoors? Those bites are uncomfortable, and mosquitoes and ticks can carry diseases. We are proposing a new image for insect repellent labels to help you clearly see how long you're protected. What do you think?