Household pesticides and pregancy

31-May-2012

Research confirms the toxicity of a widely used pesticide ingredient http://www.ewg.org/release/duke-study-confirms-toxicity-widely-used-pesticide-ingredient. Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) is not a pesticide but is added to many pesticides approved for household use like fly sprays and tomato and vegetable insect killers. It has been found to disrupt a biological signalling system that is critical in neurological development of the fetus. The researchers state "This study underscores why pregnant women should steer clear of handling any household insecticide. These exposures could very well put their unborn babies in contact with these chemicals during the most fragile period of development.”