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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Trade names include Furadan, Bay 70143, Carbodan, Carbosip, Chinofur, Curaterr, D 1221, ENT 27164, Furacarb, Kenafuran, Pillarfuron, Rampart, Nex, and Yaltox.

Regulatory Status: Following a Special Review, the EPA initiated a ban on all granular formulations of carbofuran which became effective on September 1, 1994. Before 1991, 80% of the total usage of carbofuran was in granular formulations. The ban was established to protect birds and is not related to human health concerns. Bird kills have occurred when birds ingested carbofuran granules, which resemble grain seeds and when predatory or scavenging birds have ingested small birds or mammals which had eaten carbofuran pellets. There is no ban on liquid formulations of carbofuran. Liquid formulations of carbofuran are classified as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) because of their acute oral and inhalation toxicity to humans. Granular formulations are also classified as RUP's, but for a different reason; their toxicity to birds. Liquid formulations bear the Signal Word WARNING. Granular formulations bear the Signal Word DANGER. Formulations of carbofuran are in toxicity class I - highly toxic or toxicity class II - moderately toxic.

Chemical Class: carbamate

Introduction: Carbofuran is a broad spectrum carbamate pesticide that kills insects, mites, and nematodes on contact or after ingestion. It is used against soil and foliar pests of field, fruit, vegetable, and forest crops. Carbofuran is available in liquid and granular formulations, but as stated avove the granule form is banned in the U.S.

Formulation: Carbofuran is available in liquid and granular formulations, but as stated above, the granular form is banned in the U.S.

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Basic Manufacturer:

FMC Corporation
Agricultural Chemicals Group
1735 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 3

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