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Revised June 1996


Trade and Other Names: Trade names for products containing rotenone include Chem-Fish, Cuberol, Fish Tox, Noxfire, Rotacide, Sinid and Tox-R. It is also marketed as Curex Flea Duster, Derrin, Cenol Garden Dust, Chem-Mite, Cibe Extract and Green Cross Warble Powder. The compound may be used in formulations with other pesticides such as carbaryl, lindane, thiram, piperonyl butoxide, pyrethrins and quassia.

Regulatory Status: Rotenone is a General Use Pesticide (GUP), but uses on cranberries and for fish control are restricted uses. It is EPA toxicity class I or III - highly toxic or slightly toxic, depending on formulation. Rotenone, when formulated as an emulsified concentrate, is highly toxic and carries the Signal Word DANGER on its label. Other forms are slightly toxic and require the Signal Word CAUTION instead.

Chemical Class: Not Available

Introduction: Rotenone is a selective, non-specific botanical insecticide with some acaricidal properties. Rotenone is used in home gardens for insect control, for lice and tick control on pets, and for fish eradications as part of water body management. Rotenone is a rotenoid plant extract obtained from such species as barbasco, cub, haiari, nekoe, and timbo. These plants are members of the pea (Leguminosae) family. Rotenone-containing extracts are taken from the roots, seeds, and leaves of the various plants. Formulations include crystalline preparations (approximately 95% pure), emulsified solutions (approximately 50% pure), and dusts (approximately 0.75 to 5% pure). This profile refers to the crystalline preparation unless otherwise noted.

Formulation: Formulations include crystalline preparations (approximately 95% pure), emulsified solutions (approximately 50% pure), and dusts (approximately 0.75 - 5% pure). Toxicological Effects:

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Basic Manufacturer:

Fairfield American Corp.
238 Wilson Ave
Newark, NJ 07105


References for the information in this PIP can be found in Reference List Number 2

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