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Study recommends better evaluation of pesticides

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The safety of pesticides used on crops in California has to be evaluated and approved by the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation, but a UCLA study indicates this process is flawed. Dr. John Froines of the School of Public Health says that in at least one case, the system approved a chemical called methyl iodide for use on strawberries.

Froines:        There's no safe level for methyl iodide — it produces neurotoxic effects, it produces developmental effects and it's a carcinogen. Our report makes recommendations. First, we want to emphasize prevention and not simply replacement of a pesticide with another toxic pesticide. Secondly, there's a need for transparency in the process with. Third, there's a need to have better and more comprehensive testing of the toxicity of the pesticides and fourth, there is a need to look at all the exposures that occur from pesticides.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.