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Hydrogen peroxide

General Information

  • Chemical Class: Antimicrobial disinfectant
  • Uses: Many non-food and food crops (e.g., fruits, nuts, and vegetables) indoors and outdoors, before and after harvest; food storage facilities to control microbes, including fungi and bacteria, that cause plant diseases.
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Least-toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Not documented
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Not documented
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (53)
  • Birth/Developmental Not documented
  • Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
  • Potential Leacher: Not documented
  • Toxic to Birds: Not documented
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Not documented
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information