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Module 1: Label Basics

Table Of Contents

Introduction

Modules

  1. Label Basics
  2. Parts of the Label
  3. Special Issues
  4. Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
  5. Emerging Issues and Course Completion


Module 1

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Section 1: What is a pesticide label?

Learning Activity

Assess each product listed below. Does the product qualify as a pesticide? (Yes or No)
After deciding, select the question mark graphic to reveal the answer. (Hint: Refer to Chapter 2 of the Label Review Manual.)

Product Yes / No
Answer

Product A is grain treated with a chemical that reduces the number of eggs geese can hatch. Check answers
Yes, this product is a pesticide. Geese are considered pests when they establish themselves permanently in an area. Click here to see label (PDF) (5 pp, 107K, About PDF).

Product B is a household bleach. Its label says that it “cleans and deodorizes.” Check answers
No, this product is not a pesticide. “Clean” and “deodorize” are not pesticidal claims; however, if a bleach product label claims to sanitize, disinfect, or kill germs, then it must be registered as a pesticide.

Product C is a powerful aerosol spray based on chili peppers and marketed to hikers as a bear repellent. Check answers
Yes, this product is a pesticide. Bears are considered a public health pest when they come into contact with humans.

Product D is sprayed on apples to promote uniform ripening to facilitate efficient harvesting. Check answers
Yes, this product is a pesticide. Plant regulators, as well as defoliants and desiccants, are specifically included in the definition of a pesticide.

Product E is an athlete's foot remedy that kills or slows the growth of fungus on living humans. Check answers
No, this product is not a pesticide. Products intended and labeled for use only for the control of fungi, bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms in or on living humans or animals are not considered pesticides.

Product F is added to horse feed. It passes through the digestive tract and prevents fly eggs from hatching in the horse's manure. Check answers
Yes, this product is a pesticide. It is not an animal drug because, although fed to an animal, it does not treat anything on or inside of the horse. If a product is fed to an animal to treat a parasite afflicting the animal, then it is an animal drug regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Product G is an asphalt tree wound dressing that claims to prevent the entrance of insects into fresh cut surfaces. Check answers
No, this product is not a pesticide. Products that are intended to exclude pests only by providing a physical barrier against pest access, and that contain no toxics, are not pesticides.

Product H is a liquid added to the water lines that supply the rinse water for the patient in a dentist's chair. The label says it prevents the buildup of biofilm. Check answers
Yes, this product is a pesticide. Slime, algae, and biofilms are organisms that grow in water, and controlling them is a pesticidal function.






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