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Côte d'Ivoire - Final Regulatory Action
Methyl parathion CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: O,O-Dimethyl O-4-nitrophenyl phosphorothioate

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Pesticide

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Banned

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

All uses, with the exception of the following ones.

Pesticide use or uses that remain allowed:

Only CS formulations

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: Yes

Summary of the final regulatory action:

Methyl parathion is a registered chemical butits use is severely restricted to the treatment of cocoa trees.

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health and environment

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

Users are exposed to risks. Since handlers are usually unskilled, they don't respect the necessary precautions while using the product. They use the product for purposes Other than the indicated one, which are not recommended. In rural areas, the product is stored close to the human habitat.
Industrial and mine workers are also at risk lacking the appropriate equipment for that chemical
In the Cte d'Ivoire, studies carried out by students showed the presence of methyl-parathion residues in food and in the drinking water (wells). Considering the toxicity of the product, those residues also represent a risk to humans.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

A total reduction of risks linked to the use of methyl-parathion to preserve human health.

Summary of known hazards and risks to the environment:

In general, the environment is exposed to all kind of risks and dangers concerning the use of plant protection products which are mostly toxic and persistent.
This situation results from the wrong management of these products (burying, direct discharge in the aquatic and terrestrial environment due to the disposal of its packaging).

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to the environment:

Total reduction of risks linked to methyl-parathion to protect aquatic wildlife and plants.

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 01/01/1998