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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Understanding Pesticide Labels

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By law, pesticide labels must contain certain kinds of information. Pesticide applicators have the legal responsibility to read, understand and follow the label directions. Quite often, pesticide applicators fail to take the time to read or follow the specified safety precautions that the label provides. The following label example illustrates the safety sections of a label. To protect yourself and the environment, read the label - it's the law!

CYGON
Garden Spray

• Kills Damaging Insects on Trees, Shrubs, Flowers and Vegetables.
• See Right Side of this Panel for a List of Insects Killed

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
Dimethoate (0, 0-dimethyl
S-[(N-methylcarbamoyl)-
methyl] phosphoro-
dithioate)*.............12.00%
INERT INGREDIENTS:
...........18.00%
* Contains 51.41% Xylene
Keep out of reach of children
WARNING

See back panel for additional precautionary statements
For Homeowner Use Only.
STORAGE: Store in original container and place in a locked storage area.
DISPOSAL: Do not reuse container. Wrap and put in trash.

PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
HAZARDOUS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS


WARNING: Harmful or fatal if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Avoid breathing of vapors or spray mist. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Wash thoroughly after handling and before eating or smoking. Do not contaminate feed or food stuffs. Keep children and pets off treated areas until treated surfaces have dried completely. Food utensils such as teaspoons and measuring cups should not be used for food purposes after use with insecticides.

PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL HAZARDS
DO NOT USE, POUR, SPILL OR STORE NEAR HEAT OR OPEN FLAME.
PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTSIF SWALLOWED
- Call physician or Poison Control Center immediately. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of water and induce vomiting by touching back of throat with finger. Do not induce vomiting or give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
IF INHALED - Remove victim to fresh air. Apply artificial respiration if indicated.
IF ON SKIN - Remove contaminated clothing and wash affected areas with soap and water.
IF IN EYES - Flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention.
NOTE TO PHYSICIAN - This product may cause cholinesterase inhibition. Atropine is antidotal. 2-PAM may be effective as an adiunct to atronine.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS


This product is toxic to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Birds feeding on treated areas may be killed. Do not apply directly to lakes, streams, or ponds. Do not apply when weather conditions favor drift from treated areas. Do not contaminate water by cleaning of equipment or disposal of wastes. Apply the product only as specified on this label. This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on plants. Protective information may be obtained from your Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service.

THE FOLLOWING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING MUST BE WORN DURING APPLICATION:

a. Impermeable gloves (for example, rubber or plastic covered reinforced gloves).
b. Boots or boot covers.
c. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
d. Wide-brimmed hat

CYGON*, is a registered trademark of American Cyanamid Co. Buyer assumes all risks of use, storage, and handling of this material not in strict accordance with directions given herewith.

Distributed by American Brand Chemical Co. Bonham, Texas 75418 EPA Est. No. 7401-TX-1 EPA Reg. No. 7401-338-7679

30M-12-32J Net Contents One Pint

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
AMERICAN BRAND CYGON GARDEN SPRAY is effective in killing insects on trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables.
To apply - ... SEE OFFICIAL LABEL


Urbana, Illinois
August, 1996

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension Work, Acts of May 8 and June, 1914, in cooperation with the U. S. Department of agriculture. DENNIS R. CAMPION, Interim Director, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illinois Cooperative Extension Service provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. The information provided in this publication is for educational purposes only. References to commercial products or trade names do not constitute an endorsement by the University of Illinois and does not imply discrimination against other similar products. Prepared by Bruce Paulsrud, Extension Specialist. Department of Crop Sciences.