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How To Find Ingredients in Pesticide Products
Beyond Pesticides offers resources below to evaluate the health and ecological effects of specific chemical exposure from ACTIVE INGREDIENTS in pesticide products, as well as regulatory information and supporting scientific documents. Because various pesticide products can contain more than one active ingredient, it is important to READ the LABEL to determine chemical components.
With 192 different active ingredients and counting, it is essential to establish the connection between the use of these chemicals and their respective hazards.
View the step-by-step guide on how to search for the active ingredient(s) in pesticide products below:
- Go to U.S. EPA's Pesticide Product and Label System and enter the product name. The generic product name may vary.
- After searching, click on the chemical ingredients tab or the link for the most recent label to find Active Ingredients.
Chemical List Label List
If one selects the chemical ingredients tab, skip to Step 4 . If not, proceed to step number 3
- To find the active ingredient(s) on the label, search for the page in the document containing the date of registration. Usually, the active ingredients section occurs within the first few pages of the label document.
- Return to the Beyond Pesticides Gateway and search for the active ingredient name in the yellow box to the right or from the list below.
Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA)
- Fact Sheet: factsheets/cca.pdf
- Chemical Class: Inorganic arsenical wood preservative
- Uses: Wood preservative
- Alternatives: Wood preservative
- Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic
Health and Environmental Effects
- Cancer: Yes (7)
- Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
- Reproductive Effects: Yes (7)
- Neurotoxicity: Yes (7)
- Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (7)
- Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (7)
- Birth/Developmental: Yes (7)
- Detected in Groundwater: Not documented
- Potential Leacher: Yes (7)
- Toxic to Birds: Yes (7)
- Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (7)
- Toxic to Bees: Not documented
- Regulatory Status:
- Residential uses cancelled 2004
- EPA Revised Risk Assessment for CCA (4/2008)
- Beyond Pesticides comments on revised risk assessment (6/2008)
- Beyond Pesticides' comments before FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (2001)
- Supporting information:
- Wood Preservatives Campaign (Beyond Pesticides)
- Daily News Blog entries (Beyond Pesticides)
- NCAP CCA Factsheet (Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides)
- PAN Pesticides Database:Chromated Arsenicals (Pesticide Action Network)